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NAVIGATE BUSINESS MKE Business resources and economic information about the Greater Milwaukee Region


THE NEXT GENERATION ECONOMY Investments and economic development are transforming metropolitan Milwaukee


YOUR CHAMBER The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce fosters a climate of cooperation and collaboration in the Milwaukee Region 12 MMAC Services 19 Milwaukee 7: Growing the Region



A climate that promotes growth of individual businesses and the business community 22 Center of Commerce 38 MMAC Blueprint 40 Market Facts 44 International Trade 47 Business of Health


Talented workforce A region of skilled, adaptive and productive lifelong learners who fuel innovation 54 Educational Excellence 58 Technology Transfer




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The natural, cultural and physical assets that make the Milwaukee Region unique

Tools for businesses to start up and expand

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Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce 756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400 ● Milwaukee, WI 53202 ● Telephone: 414/287.4100 ● FAX: 414/271.7753 Navigate Business MKE is published by Metro Business Publications


Everything You Need to Know About Your Chamber, Your City, Your Region is Right Here Navigate Business MKE tells the “Milwaukee Story” and the role of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) in making southeastern Wisconsin the Next Generation Economy. This 80page, four-color resource provides valuable and easily accessible information about the Milwaukee Region and the MMAC’s role in sustaining and growing the

economy. It has proven to be a powerful marketing tool for companies looking to expand or relocate here – whether it is an international company looking to establish operations in the United States, or a national company that has come to realize the benefits of doing business in Wisconsin. It is also a valuable resource for MMAC members looking to provide market

information to suppliers, customers or to a C-Suite headquartered in another state. The publication is available both digitally – at, the Milwaukee 7 (M7) regional economic collaborative’s website – and in printed form through the MMAC. Published annually, Navigate Business MKE includes: ●




INSIGHT IN WISCONSIN,® WE WORK TOGETHER TO SUCCEED. Economic growth works best in an environment of open collaboration. That’s why the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) relies on 600+ economic development, academic and industry partners throughout the state. These partnerships build strength and add insight that helps WEDC create economic opportunity to enhance the lives of those who live and work here. Discover how WEDC can help businesses, communities and people thrive In Wisconsin, call 855-INWIBIZ or visit

The activities and initiatives of the MMAC and Milwaukee 7 An explanation of the region’s major economic drivers, employers and business clusters A description of southeastern Wisconsin’s many cultural attractions An overview of the region’s education and training opportunities Available business resources, including financial and technical assistance

As a stand-alone publication, Navigate Business MKE provides unparalleled information about the region and the resources that are available. When combined with the MMAC Membership Directory, the World Trade Association Membership Directory and the Business Buying Guide, it provides an unsurpassed networking resource for connecting with the companies and organizations that make Milwaukee work.

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BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION ECONOMY H ow did southeastern Wisconsin land the largest foreign green-field investment in the history of the United States – a $10 billion, next-generation manufacturing facility that will employ up to 13,000 people to produce transformative LCD technology? Why did Foxconn choose southeastern Wisconsin as the location for one of the largest production campuses in the world? Why? Because: ●


Southeastern Wisconsin is perfectly situated in the heart of the United States, 90 minutes north of Chicago and located on the largest concentration of fresh water in the world The Milwaukee Region is a long-time leader in advanced manufacturing and precision engineering, with a rich history of innovation and a well-educated, skilled labor force that is treasured for its work ethic Southeastern Wisconsin is a natural distribution hub, linked to the world by an international airport, interstate highways, an extensive rail network and a Great Lakes port Wisconsin has strong universities and technical colleges that have been leveraged to develop a high-tech workforce The Milwaukee Region has access to reliable energy and an abundant supply of fresh water Wisconsin and Southeast Wisconsin leaders have a “can-do, will-do” attitude focused on promoting sustainable economic growth

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The state has invested $10 billion to expand and enhance southeastern Wisconsin’s interstate system.


Foxconn itself will create 13,000 jobs, nearly $1 billion in worker compensation, and $7.6 billion in economic output statewide. There will be significant ripple effects as well. An estimated 16,000 construction and related jobs will be created during the four-year construction period. Foxconn will also serve as a magnet for other high-tech jobs, as well as for the many suppliers that will provide the materials and expertise Foxconn will need to create the new technology.


The Milwaukee 7 Economic Development Partnership brings together business and political leaders to promote regional growth.

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The Milwaukee Region includes seven counties in southeastern Wisconsin. It boasts a diverse economy with global market leaders in: advanced manufacturing, distribution, financial services, green technologies, legal services, retail, printing and staffing services. With the arrival of Foxconn, southeastern Wisconsin promises to become what some have dubbed “Wisconn Valley” to reflect the region’s emerging blend of technological innovation and advanced manufacturing excellence that will define the region in the 21st century. It’s difficult to comprehend the potential impact Foxconn will have on the region. It represents a $10 billion investment to produce ultra-sharp, 8K-definition LCD displays that promise to revolutionize health care, manufacturing, automotive, industrial controls and many other economic sectors. The sprawling industrial campus, which will cover 20 million square feet over 1,200 acres in Racine County when completed, will be the largest facility of its kind in the United States – larger than the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada and the Boeing facility near Seattle.

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Foxconn’s decision to locate in Southeast Wisconsin affirms what many corporate leaders here have already learned: that the Milwaukee Region is a natural magnet for business. Affordable land and leasing costs, a skilled workforce, low business costs and easy access to financing, technical assistance and efficient transportation help businesses locate, succeed and grow.


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Over the past two decades, Wisconsin and southeastern Wisconsin have laid a solid foundation for sustained economic growth.

Businesses have invested or plan to invest more than $11 billion in expansions and relocations.


Opened in 2014, Amazon’s distribution centers in Kenosha near the Illinois state line now employ 4,200 people with a $93.2 million payroll In 2016, the German candy manufacturer Haribo, maker of the well-known Gummi bears, chose southeastern Wisconsin as the site for its first manufacturing facility in the United States In 2017, Northwestern Mutual, a global leader in insurance, investment products and advisory services, opened its new office tower and commons, a


Businesses cite southeastern Wisconsin’s “can-do, will-do” attitude as one of the primary reasons they choose to locate here.


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While Foxconn’s announcement is the most significant economic development story in the state, southeastern Wisconsin was already amassing some pretty important wins in recent years:

$450 million, 32-story office development near the lakefront

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In October 2018, the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team will open a new downtown basketball arena and entertainment district near the Bucks’ recently completed 55,000-square-foot training center and 37,000-square-foot community health center Just down the street from the new Northwestern Mutual tower, ground is about to be broken for the Couture, a $122 million, 44story luxury apartment tower that will feature stunning views of Lake Michigan and will include 50,000 square feet of retail space Generac Power Systems is expanding its Waukesha headquarters and Wisconsin manufacturing facilities to create 400 jobs over the next five years HUSCO International, which produces hydraulic and electrohydraulic components, has launched an $85 million expansion and modernization plan that will create 120 Wisconsin jobs A.O. Smith Corp., the largest manufacturer and marketer of water heaters in North America, is building a new, state-of-the-art research facility to house its corporate technology center Racine-based InSinkErator is planning a $24 million, 85,000square-foot headquarters and lab facility along I-94 in the village of Mount Pleasant

STRENGTHENING THE INFRASTRUCTURE Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Region are committed to an integrated transportation infrastructure that connects people to jobs and moves products to market. ●

IKEA megastore in Oak Creek

Milwaukee Streetcar ●


Under the leadership of Mayor John O. Norquist, Milwaukee embraces its downtown namesake river, creating a Riverwalk and entertainment district that transforms Milwaukee into a vibrant destination for people seeking the energy of an urban center. That decision, coupled with the demolition of the Park East Freeway, makes possible the downtown Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball arena and entertainment district.


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The state has invested $10 billion to enhance and expand the region’s interstate system to make southeastern Wisconsin a major distribution hub The Milwaukee Region’s extensive rail network and its proximity to Chicago, the nation’s largest freight rail hub, make it possible to move goods quickly and cost-efficiently The Port of Milwaukee, which facilitates shipping through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, is a designated Foreign Trade Zone,


The state creates regional economic development organizations to promote growth. The Milwaukee 7 (M7) Regional Economic Development Partnership, which includes the seven southeastern Wisconsin counties, successfully advocates for a Jobs Tax Credit that would play a key role in landing Foxconn. The MMAC actively supports the creation of Enterprise Zones to attract businesses and encourage foreign investment.

A new $55 million international terminal is being planned for Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport, which offers extensive freight services, as well as direct daily passenger flights to national and international destinations

immediately began calling the company. A short time later, M7 received a blind proposal request for an anonymous manufacturing project. It subsequently learned that Foxconn had met with Governor Scott Walker at the White House and was interested in Wisconsin. After that came a rapid exchange of information as waves of Foxconn officials came to southeastern Wisconsin to conduct due diligence on the region’s workforce, real estate, supply chain and other critical aspects of the proposed development.

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The Milwaukee Region has a global perspective, but its sensibility is local. The region’s manageable size makes it easy to see the people you want to see and close the deals you need to close. A collaborative culture brings together leaders in business, education and government to create initiatives that foster innovation and success. Then there’s the professional drive of local economic leaders to make sure things happen.

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Haribo (Gummi Bears) in Pleasant Prairie

Foxconn in Mt. Pleasant

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The Couture residential and retail development on Milwaukee’s lakefront


Wisconsin focuses on lowering taxes, stabilizing state finances and providing services more efficiently. This agenda includes a manufacturing and agriculture tax credit that essentially eliminates state income tax liability for manufacturers. The state also creates a new economic development agency – the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation – and embarks on a major reconstruction of the Marquette interchange in order to promote commerce.

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State lawmakers continue to lower taxes and make government more efficient. In 2015, MMAC works successfully with the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker to pass Right to Work legislation that gives employees the freedom to choose whether or not they want to belong to a labor organization. The state also eliminates prevailing wage laws reducing the cost of public projects.


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A major reason Foxconn chose Milwaukee is because Milwaukee 7 (M7), the economic development collaborative that promotes the region, sprang into action early and never gave up. The region’s entry into the highstakes bidding war started simply enough with a Wall Street Journal news article stating that Foxconn was thinking about locating its first manufacturing plant in the United States. The M7

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Throughout the process, the rapid response and professionalism of M7, as well as local and state officials, gave Foxconn confidence in the region’s labor and regulatory environment, the state’s tax structure and its transportation and logistics infrastructure. In the end, it was clear that southeastern Wisconsin was the best place for Foxconn to be.


Fortunately, the state had already been laying much of the groundwork necessary for the Foxconn project to happen. Elected officials and civic leaders have worked diligently over the years to create a business-friendly environment: ●

Wisconsin taxes – once among the nation’s highest – have fallen to just below the national average Chief Executive magazine recently ranked Wisconsin has having one of the mostimproved business climates in the nation Milwaukee recently ranked 21st on Glassdoor’s list of the best cities for jobs. Milwaukee scored 4 out of 6 for job opportunities, salaries, job satisfaction and cost of living. The unemployment rate in the Milwaukee region ranks as one of the lowest for major metropolitan areas in the country

years-long, nationwide search, helping the company to identify sites, compare business costs and explore financing alternatives for the $240 million facility. Today, MMAC and M7 continue to assist Foxconn in supply chain sourcing as the company compiles potential suppliers. A subcommittee of the M7 Next Generation Manufacturing Council is convening supply chain professionals and academics to build a regional and statewide capacity to effectively manage an ongoing sourcing system that supports business attraction and existing regional companies on an ongoing basis.


The Milwaukee Region’s decades of advanced manufacturing experience, combined with thriving, industry-focused networks, continually foster innovation in: ●

Freshwater technologies

Energy, power and controls

Food and beverage manufacturing

The Water Council, Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) and Food and Beverage Wisconsin (FaB) are firmly rooted in the region’s strengths and are well-positioned to promote sustainable, long-term growth by helping businesses to: ●


The region builds on this solid foundation to do what needs to be done to make companies feel welcome here and to help them grow. M7, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) played a critical role during Haribo’s

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Gov. Scott Walker announces German-based Haribo’s decision to locate its first United States manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin, capping an intensive, multi-year collaboration between the company and local economic officials.

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World-class technical colleges and universities, combined with innovative workforce development programs, are preparing a new generation of manufacturing talent in southeastern Wisconsin. ●

Wisconsin has two of America’s top-tier research universities: UW-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin in Madison Several UW campuses, including UWMilwaukee and UW-Parkside, are

The Foxconn decision, combined with the many other investments recently completed, currently under way or about to be announced, will further cement the region’s reputation, paving the way for another generation of growth and prosperity.

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Time does not stand still, and neither does the Milwaukee Region. Even as the ink dries on the Foxconn agreement, business leaders, elected officials and the region’s economic development teams are resolving challenges impeding economic growth, helping existing businesses grow their brands, and identifying and working with firms that are looking to relocate to business-friendly communities.

Throughout its history, southeastern Wisconsin has been known for its commitment to quality, its skilled workforce and its drive to innovate.

UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences is part of a world-renowned industry and research cluster focused on sustainable freshwater technologies.

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A recent educators’ conference at Rockwell Automation, sponsored by UWMilwaukee, included 73 faculty from 37 countries and dozens of managers and senior Rockwell Automation leaders in advanced manufacturing, Connected Enterprise and Industry 4.0

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UW-Milwaukee has partnered with UWParkside, Gateway Technical College and the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) to prepare a new generation for emerging jobs

The Milwaukee School of Engineering is building a new academic facility and launching a next-generation technologies program focused on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, cloud computing, robotics, and similar nextgeneration technologies The United Community Center has broken ground on a new $7.5 million charter school aimed at preparing young people for careers in science, technology and skilled trades Marquette University is undergoing a major transformation, with several new building projects recently completed and more under way. Ground has been broken for a new 890-bed residence hall and plans are under way for “Innovation Alley,” which will connect a new business school with the engineering building as part of the university’s efforts to integrate academic programming for business and engineering students

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HELPING TO GROW BUSINESSES Launched in 2005 and co-chaired by the leadership of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, the Greater Milwaukee Committee and the City of Milwaukee, the sevencounty regional partnership is funded by more than 100 private- and public-sector investors. Through its work, more than 14,500 jobs have been created or retained in the region, with an impact of more than $790 million in direct payroll and $1 billion in capital investment.

The Milwaukee 7 Economic Development Partnership has been directly involved in the creation of:


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hile all eyes have been on Foxconn this year, the Milwaukee 7 economic development partnership successfully closed an additional 28 corporate attraction projects that represent a $584 million capital investment and will produce more than 5,500 jobs with a payroll of $341 million and an average wage of $61,000. Based on the “multiplier effect,” this capital investment could create another 9,500 jobs at supporting firms and within the general economy. Add that to the 13,000 jobs that Foxconn will bring to southeastern Wisconsin and it is clear what has become possible through M7’s aggressive advocacy to improve the business climate and its focused effort to market the region to prospective investors.


Businesses and organizations investing in the third campaign (2016-2020) of the Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development Partnership (Current as of December 1, 2017)

$1 Million+ WEC Energy Group

$500,000+ Bradley Foundation

U.S. Economic Development Administration

$300,000+ BMO Harris

City of Milwaukee

JPMorgan Chase

WI Economic Development Corp.

Northwestern Mutual

$200,000+ Bucyrus International (Foundation)

Harley-Davidson Foundation


Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

$100,000+ A.O. Smith Corporation

FIS Global

Mandel Group

Robert W. Baird & Co.

Aurora Health Care

Foley & Lardner


Rockwell Automation

Beer Capitol Distributing Co.

Froedtert Health

Marquette University


Briggs & Stratton Corp.

Kenall Manufacturing


Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Komatsu Mining

QPS Employment Group


Consolidated Construction

Johnson Bank

Quarles & Brady

Associated Banc-Corp.

Deloitte & Touche USA

Milwaukee County

Racine County

AT&T Wisconsin

Eppstein Uhen Architects

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ernst & Young

Charter Manufacturing

Godfrey & Kahn

PNC Bank

Wells Fargo

Allen Edmonds


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American Transmission Co.

Master Lock

Park Bank

von Briesen & Roper

Building Service Inc.

Mawicke & Goisman

PAX Holdings Group

Waukesha Metal Products

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West Bend Mutual Insurance

Employ Milwaukee

MGIC Investment

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City of Oak Creek


Addison Clifton

CH2M Hill

Masterson Co.

Trefoil Group

Alpha Investment Consulting


Milwaukee Area Technical College

Waukesha County Technical College

American Bank

CORE Consulting

National Exchange Bank & Trust


American Design

Creative Business Interiors

Phoenix Investors


Argon Industries

Eagle Enterprises

PS Capital Partners

Zimmerman Architectural Studios

Bank Mutual

Gateway Technical College


Catholic Financial Life

Patrick Horne/Northwestern Mutual

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M7 has also leveraged millions of dollars in federal earmarks, state assistance and municipal investments for business projects that make the Milwaukee Region stronger. The M7 staff and their counterparts in local economic development organizations regularly visit companies to discuss challenges and expansion opportunities. M7 then connects companies to resources, including: Talent sourcing ● Location optimization ● Business incentives Financing ● Market expansion ●


M7 connects new and growing companies to the resources they need to take their businesses to the next level, including the M7 Venture Fund, which provides grants, loans and equity to emerging companies and high-growth start-ups. M7 also connects these companies to the resources that are available through the region’s industry cluster accelerators, as well as other support organizations.


M7 works in collaboration with the MMAC’s World Trade Association and the Brookings Institution’s Global Cities Initiative to combine export and foreign direct investment strategies into a single, coordinated plan – the Global MKE Trade and Investment Plan. Its Export Grant Program, which is funded through JPMorgan Chase, helps companies start and expand their export programs.

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FaB Wisconsin, a network for food, beverage, ingredient, equipment and packaging makers The Water Council, which aligns the research community with water-related industries The Next Generation Manufacturing Council, which addresses issues related to workforce, exports, supply chains and productivity



The M7 Talent Partnership aligns talent resources with high-growth industry clusters to develop a stronger, more agile workforce. It helps companies expanding or relocating to the area to navigate the agencies, staffing companies and college connections best suited to their businesses. Its Grow Here campaign facilitates career-based learning experiences, connecting businesses, students, educators and community organizations through a web platform.

At Reinhart, we always put our clients first. As long-standing partners in metro Milwaukee’s business success, our attorneys are dedicated to helping clients face important issues, execute sound strategies, and achieve business goals—all while building lasting relationships.

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M7 markets the region to companies looking to expand operations or relocate – from across the state line to around the globe. It provides tools and project management to guide companies from their first visit through the opening of their new plant or office. M7 has closed deals and attracted foreign investment from companies in Taiwan, China, India, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and Germany.

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The Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC)

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The Milwaukee Region is a recognized center of innovation and advanced manufacturing. Several industries stand out for the number of firms and concentration of talent. M7 supports these clusters and their network organizations: 414.298.1000 21


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REGION ON THE MOVE Industry Clusters ● Major Employers Business Alliances ● Start Ups




he seven-county region flourishes with more than 47,000 businesses and a gross economic product of more than $100 billion that is provided by a healthy balance of long-time manufacturing icons thriving alongside cuttingedge technology and e-commerce companies. Metro Milwaukee is home to 13 Fortune 1000 companies, which is disproportionately high for a region its size. From the western shores of Lake Michigan to the rolling hills of western Waukesha and Washington counties, entrepreneurs, businesses and civic leaders continue to strengthen a region that boasts leading technology firms, global manufacturers, innovative service firms and strong financial institutions.

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Export Assistance ● World Trade Association



Market Overview ● Health and Wellness Medical Plans ● Health Systems

A GREAT LOCATION. A REGIONAL VISION. TALENTED WORKERS. There are many reasons the Milwaukee Region is an excellent place to do business: its location in the heart of the nation’s industrial Midwest, its access to the abundant waters of Lake Michigan, and its ample supply of skilled workers, to name a few. But there are other reasons why multi-national companies call the region home, why entrepreneurs choose Milwaukee to set up shop, and why Forbes magazine has ranked Milwaukee one of the top 10 communities for young professionals. Milwaukee’s comparatively easy lifestyle, including parking availability,

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TRANSFORM YOURSELF 91% of Milwaukee Area Technical College graduates are employed within six months of graduation. MATC’s hands-on learning enables graduates to step right into the world of work with the job-ready skills required for the region’s fastest-growing careers. EMPLOYERS CONNECT WITH OUR GRADUATES THROUGH THE MATC JOBshop · 414-297-6244

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low living costs and relatively easy access to the city’s power brokers and other “people in the know,” helps to attract

young professionals and keep them in the area. Milwaukee is also home to many companies that care for and invest in their



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Ascension Wisconsin


Regional, not-for-profit health care system

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Communication and entertainment services, including local and long-distance telephone service, data transport, high-speed Internet access, video, data transmission capabilities and paging

2301 N. Lake Dr. Milwaukee / 722 N. Broadway Milwaukee /

Aurora Health Care


Regional, not-for-profit integrated health care system serving eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois

BMO Harris Bank


Financial services company

750 W. Virginia Milwaukee /

770 N. Water St. Milwaukee /


Not-for-profit pediatric health system

Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin


Regional, not-for-profit health care system and academic medical center serving eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois

Goodwill Industries of SE WI


Training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities

Kohl’s Department Stores


Family-oriented, specialty department stores

The Marcus Corp.


Operates hotels, resorts and movie theaters

Medical College of Wisconsin


Private medical school, research institution and multispecialty medical and graduate school of biomedical sciences

9200 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee /

5400 S. 60th St. Greendale /

N56 W17000 Ridgewood Dr. Menomonee Falls /

100 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee /

8701 Watertown Plank Rd. Wauwatosa /

Northwestern Mutual

5,000 720 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee /

Insurance, investment products and advisory services that address client needs for financial protection, capital accumulation, and estate preservation and distribution

ProHealth Care


Integrated regional, not-for-profit health care system

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WEC Energy Group


Electric, natural gas and steam utility

N17 W24100 Riverwood Dr. Waukesha /

777 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee /

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A skilled and educated workforce is key to a vibrant economy. Wisconsin pioneered vocational education in the United States, and its technical college system remains focused on developing the skill sets that are needed in the marketplace. The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) is involved in several initiatives to ensure the talent pipeline continues to meet the region’s needs. These include: ●

Children’s Hospital of WI 9000 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee /

employees. That’s one of the primary reasons Milwaukee has one of the nation’s highest concentrations of best companies to work for per capita, according to the Great Places to Work Institute.

Milwaukee 7 Talent Partnership, which brings together manufacturers, workforce development providers and educators to develop short- and longterm solutions to filling the talent pipeline FUEL Milwaukee, which helps more than 7,000 young professionals and new Milwaukee residents network and become engaged in the community MMAC’s educational initiatives, a 25year commitment to ensure K-12

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is one of several industry-focused educational institutions in the region preparing students for technology careers.


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students have the tools, schools, skills and teachers they need to graduate and pursue their career goals


Milwaukee-area manufacturers with at least 1,300 local employees/MMAC Members in Bold COMPANY



Briggs & Stratton Corp.


World’s largest manufacturer of air-cooled engines for lawn & garden and other outdoor power equipment

CNH Industrial


A world-leading producer of industrial equipment and commercial vehicles, including agricultural equipment, construction machinery, trucks, buses, specialty vehicles and powertrains

Eaton Cooper Power Systems Division


Line installation, protective equipment, electrical tools and transformers

GE Healthcare


Provides transformational medical technologies and services – from imaging, software and IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement

Generac Holdings Inc.


Standby and portable power generation equipment

Harley-Davidson, Inc.


Motorcycles and related products and services

Johnson Controls, Inc.


Global multi-industrial with core businesses in the building and energy storage industries

MillerCoors LLC





Leading global provider of print and marketing services focused on helping brand owners market their products and services more efficiently and effectively across channels

Rexnord Corp.


Engineered power transmission and aerospace components and water management solutions

Rockwell Automation, Inc.


Power, control and information technologies and services used by manufacturers around the world

SC Johnson


Global manufacturer of household cleaning products and products for home storage, personal care and pest control

12301 W. Wirth St. Wauwatosa / 700 State St. Racine /

2300 Badger Dr. Waukesha /

3000 N. Grandview Blvd. Waukesha /

S45 W29290 Hwy. 59 Waukesha / 3700 W. Juneau Ave. Milwaukee /

5757 N. Green Bay Ave. Glendale / 3939 W. Highland Blvd. Milwaukee / N61 W23044 Harry’s Way Sussex /

247 Freshwater Way Milwaukee / 1201 S. Second St. Milwaukee / 1525 Howe St. Racine /

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Education is a priority in southeastern Wisconsin. More than 60 percent of the region’s residents 25 years of age or older have attended college and 41 percent have earned an associate, bachelor’s or advanced degree, which is above the national average. Approximately 80,000 students currently attend one of the more than a dozen four-year colleges and universities in the region. Another 38,000 students attend a two-year school.


Southeastern Wisconsin is ideally located in the heart of the Upper Midwest. Situated on the western shores of Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes, it is a 90-minute drive from downtown Chicago, a five-hour drive from Minneapolis-St. Paul and Indianapolis, and slightly more than an hour away from Madison, the capital of Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s fabled North Woods and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are just three hours away. But you don’t have to travel that far to find plenty to do in the sevencounty metropolitan area. Milwaukee is a city both big enough to offer professional sports and world-class performing arts, yet small enough to navigate with ease. Every weekend, the curtain rises on a diverse playbill of performing arts. Few other cities offer such a variety of events. MMAC actively protects and enhances the region’s assets. It advocates for transportation projects that keep goods and people moving smoothly, promotes the development of land into thriving commercial and industrial areas, and leads strategic planning efforts to ensure the region’s distinctive qualities remain viable for generations to come.


Milwaukee has been a center of commerce since the Potawatomi Indians first settled along the shores of the

Instead of producing the farm machinery and industrial equipment that powered America’s economic engine in the 20th Century, the region’s research facilities and manufacturing plants are now paving the way for new medical technologies, battery-powered cars and alternative power solutions. With the addition of Foxconn’s advanced LCD production facility and resulting spin-off industries, southeastern Wisconsin will maintain its reputation for innovation well into the 21st Century.

program designed for businesses with revenue between $100,000 and $1 million. Two prominent organizations – Aurora Health Care and Northwestern Mutual – have created venture capital funds to invest in local start-ups.


The Milwaukee Region, ranked as an up-


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Similar innovation is occurring in the service sector. Southeastern Wisconsin is a leader in the development of financial services, logistics software and health care integration.

technology-focused business incubators; educational programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math; the establishment of targeted venture capital funds; and regional economic development initiatives, including the Milwaukee 7. The region also benefits from a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem with organizations devoted to helping startups, including BizStarts, MiKE, Gener8tor, and Scale Up Milwaukee, which recently launched SPARC, a growth-training

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Menomonee River and Lake Michigan hundreds of years ago. It was a leading Great Lakes port in the 1800s, the “Beer Capital of the World” and the “Toolbox of America” in the 1900s, and is now a global center for advanced manufacturing, electronic commerce, financial services, food and beverage producers, printing and green technologies.

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Milwaukee has a strong and growing support network for new businesses, making it one of the top destination cities in the Midwest for millennials.


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Creating a WE ENERGIES brighter future At We Energies, we take our responsibilities seriously. Millions of customers depend on us for safe, reliable and affordable energy, and we are dedicated to providing it sustainably. That promise extends from our boardroom, where we advance diversity and transparency, to our energy operations, where we use clean technologies to promote a healthier environment. While our business relies on strong financial discipline and effective planning, we know that corporate citizenship doesn’t end at the bottom line. That’s why we invest in efforts for the good of our local communities – education programs, natural habitat conservation and more. We look forward to continuing to help grow the communities we serve – and together, we can create a brighter future for everyone. 170286-12-GJ

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and-coming tech city by Forbes magazine, features a solid, high-tech base. Milwaukee is a leader in medical diagnostic instruments, industrial robots, automation controls, electronic controls, software development, power distribution, water technologies, supply chain and justin-time distribution.


Although many people consider Milwaukee the historic beer capital of America, its breweries today employ less than 1 percent of Milwaukee’s workforce. In fact, no segment of the area’s manufacturing industry employs more than 5 percent of the metropolitan labor force. Within the manufacturing sector, the emphasis has shifted to advanced industries focused on industrial equipment, medical imaging, consumer products and green technologies. The region is increasingly known for diagnostic equipment, electric car batteries and wind turbine equipment. In addition to the many “brand-name” manufacturers that call Milwaukee home, the region is home to hundreds of smaller manufacturers that provide quality products for customers around the world and create a valued supply chain that builds a solid foundation for business.


Manufacturing remains a very important engine for the region’s economy. Fifteen percent of the workforce is employed by manufacturers, well above the 9 percent average nationally. The region is home to many well-known manufacturers, including:

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Briggs & Stratton

CNH America

GE Healthcare


Johnson Controls

Master Lock


Rockwell Automation

SC Johnson




Two locally based industrial companies are on the Fortune 500 list: Harley-Davidson

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The region is also home to Rockwell Automation and Johnson Controls, global leaders in industrial and building control systems; A.O. Smith, which produces water heaters; Briggs & Stratton, a leading smallengine manufacturer; Harley-Davidson, the legendary motorcycle manufacturer; Modine Manufacturing, a global leader in

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Southeastern Wisconsin participates in the federal government’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), which recognizes the Milwaukee area’s strength as a manufacturing center. The region leads the nation in the production of industrial controls, steel foundry parts, engines and mining machinery. It also leads the nation in the production of medical diagnostic equipment, thanks to GE Healthcare, which has several Wisconsin facilities located in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Waukesha and Madison.

Southeast Wisconsin is at the center of the Midwest’s energy, power and controls cluster. The Milwaukee-based Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) is a technology consortium focused on the generation, storage, distribution, control and management of energy and power. It includes many global leaders located in the region, including Rockwell Automation, DRS, Briggs & Stratton and Johnson Controls. M-WERC combines industry and the power of leading research universities and technical colleges to provide consulting and workforce development. The consortium is developing a $9.6 million Energy Innovation Center that will house start-ups, industry associations, researchers and government energy initiatives to provide support for companies.



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From rice fields to playing fields, from front yards to back roads, we are the trusted brand behind getting work done. Briggs & Stratton’s tagline YOU.POWERED. goes beyond the products we provide our customers, it lives strong in the work we do globally to support the community, the environment, and the admirable efforts of those looking to make a difference.

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and Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee). Three other industrial companies based in the region have revenues greater than $3 billion: Quad/Graphics (Sussex), SC Johnson (Racine) and Snap-On (Kenosha). 29

HEADQUARTERS Major Companies Based in the Milwaukee Region

Public Companies


EMPLOYEES Local Global


Johnson Controls, Inc.

$31.0 billion




$20.0 billion



Global workforce solutions company

Kohlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corp.

$18.7 billion



Specialty department stores selling apparel, shoes, accessories and home products

Rockwell Automation, Inc.

$6.3 billion



Industrial automation, power control and information services

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

$6.0 billion



Fiserv, Inc.

$5.5 billion



WEC Energy Group

$7.5 billion




$4.3 billion



Global provider of print and marketing services

Snap-on, Inc.

$3.7 billion



Manufacturer and marketer of tool, diagnostic and equipment products

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

$2.6 billion



Department store chain

Northwestern Mutual

$28.2 billion



Insurance, investment and advisory products

SC Johnson & Son, Inc.

$10.0 billion



Manufacturer of house cleaning and home products

Aurora Health Care

$5.1 billion



Regional health care provider

Froedtert Health

$2.0 billion



Regional health care provider

Robert W. Baird & Co.

$1.4 billion



International wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm

Charter Manufacturing

$1.1 billion



Iron and steel making, rolling, processing, forming and distribution facilities

5757 N. Green Bay Avenue, Glendale 100 Manpower Place, Milwaukee N56 W17000 Ridgewood Drive, Menomonee Falls 1201 S. Second Street, Milwaukee 3700 W. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee 255 Fiserv Drive, Brookfield 231 W. Michigan Street, Milwaukee N61 W23044 Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Way, Sussex 2801 80th Street, Kenosha 331 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee

Global multi-industrial company with core businesses in the building and energy storage industries

Heavyweight motorcycles, parts and accessories; riding and fashion apparel Financial services technology

Electric, natural gas and steam utility

Private Companies 720 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee 1525 Howe Street, Racine

750 W. Virginia Street, Milwaukee 9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee 777 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee 1212 W. Glen Oaks Lane, Mequon

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This is where Johnson Controls is proud to be a community partner. This is where we live, work and travel. And this is where families and businesses thrive.

Our community is stronger.

Learn more at or @johnsoncontrols.

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thermal management; Actuant, which manufactures hydraulic, electromechanical and electronic motioncontrol systems; and Brady Corp., which markets labeling and identification systems worldwide.


Milwaukee-area law firms with at least 35 local attorneys/MMAC Members in Bold


Davis & Kuelthau, S.C.

111 E. Kilbourn Ave., Suite 1400 Milwaukee /

Foley & Lardner LLP

777 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee /





Business and corporate law, labor and employment, commercial litigation, real estate, mediation and arbitration, intellectual property, commercial finance, trusts and estate planning, employee benefits, healthcare, nonprofit, tax, food and beverage, construction, environmental, immigration law, advanced manufacturing Business law, transactional and securities, public finance, labor and employment, manufacturing, real estate, environmental, tax, estate planning, employee benefits, intellectual property, insurance and reinsurance, health care, sports law, energy, food and beverage, and litigation in the areas of antitrust, securities, product distribution and product liability, IP, employment, and environmental litigation

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.



Corporate, mergers and acquisitions, banking, securities, litigation, real estate, health care, management, estate planning, intellectual property, bankruptcy, environmental/energy, tax, labor and employment

Husch Blackwell LLP



A business and litigation law firm, delivers solutions across major industries, including energy and natural resources; financial services and capital markets; food and agribusiness; health care; life sciences and education; real estate; development and construction; and technology, manufacturing and transportation

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP



Banking and financial services; corporate and transactional; energy law; environmental and natural resources; government relations and public policy; intellectual property; labor and employment relations; litigation; privacy and data security; real estate; tax

O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.



Litigation, business law, banking/creditors’ rights, tax/succession planning, employment law, real estate

Quarles & Brady LLP



Significant practice areas include business law, mergers and acquisitions, securities, commercial litigation, energy law, intellectual property, real estate and land use, labor and employment, health law, trusts and estates, public finance, product liability, environmental law, tax, franchise, employee benefits, immigration, bankruptcy, and data privacy and security

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren



Business and corporate, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, real estate, health care, tax, banking, employee benefits, intellectual property, labor and employment, trusts and estates planning, international, product distribution and franchise, bankruptcy, government relations, tax-exempt organizations, manufacturing, food and beverage, cyber security, immigration law

von Briesen & Roper, S.C.



Corporate, health, litigation and risk management, banking, construction, employee benefits, government, finance, public finance, nonprofit, trusts and estates, labor, real estate, intellectual property

833 E. Michigan St., Suite 1800 Milwaukee /

555 E. Wells St., Suite 1900 Milwaukee /

100 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 3300 Milwaukee /

111 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1400 Milwaukee / 411 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 2400 Milwaukee /

1000 N. Water St., Suite 1700 Milwaukee /

411 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1000 Milwaukee /

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The Milwaukee 7 launched a Next Generation Manufacturing Council to support the region’s participation in the IMCP Program and it has identified seven lead projects, including: ●

Mid-West Energy Research Consortium Energy Innovation Center FaB Wisconsin Manufacturing Accelerator Milwaukee 7’s Regional Export Initiative Century City Manufacturing Training Center Water Council Accelerator Century City/30th Street Corridor Infrastructure Development Racine’s Machinery Row

Business and government leaders are working together to ensure that workers have the skills they need to help the economy flourish, including certificate programs and two-year associate degrees offered through the region’s technical schools. State lawmakers have created incentives to encourage manufacturing, including tax credits that have effectively eliminated income taxes for manufacturers.

Milwaukee-based Direct Supply, the nation’s leading provider of equipment, e-commerce and service solutions for the senior living industry, was also the nation’s first virtual distributor, offering products via the Internet since 1985.

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The Medical College of Wisconsin is the state’s largest private research institution and ranks in the top third of the nation’s medical schools for National Institute of Health research.

The Blood Center of Wisconsin and its affiliate, the Blood Research Institute, play

Distinctive Place


Southeastern Wisconsin is a leader in health care quality and research. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has consistently ranked Wisconsin among the top states for the quality of medical care delivered. Medical College of Wisconsin scientists lead biomedical and population health advancements through laboratory research, clinical trials and community-engaged research. Its faculty researchers conduct 2,000 studies annually with more than $144 million in government and private funding.

Thriving Economy

Godfrey & Kahn

Talented Workforce

The service sector has been the fastestgrowing segment of the regional economy. Service-providing jobs account for more than 80 percent of all nonfarm jobs in southeastern Wisconsin. Health care and social assistance, retail trade, accommodation and food services, and finance/insurance are among the largest service-sector segments. Five Milwaukeearea service companies are ranked as Fortune 500 companies: ManpowerGroup, Northwestern Mutual, and WEC Energy Group (Milwaukee), Kohl’s Corp. (Menomonee Falls) and Fiserv (Brookfield). Two other service companies based in the region have revenues in excess of $3 billion: Aurora Health Care and Northwestern Mutual (Milwaukee).

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major roles in research regarding immunobiology, transfusion medicine and stem cell biology. Marquette University, Aurora Health Care and the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team are building a $120 million Athletic Performance Research Center on a 12acre site located near the Marquette campus.


MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY The Milwaukee Region is home to several internationally recognized medical technology and biotech firms. GE Healthcare, a global leader in medical imaging and information technologies, patient monitoring systems and health care services, employs nearly 6,000 people at multiple facilities in the region. In addition to GE Healthcare, southeastern Wisconsin is home to several medical technology firms, including Vesta, which manufactures medical devices; Cambridge Major Laboratories, which develops and manufactures pharmaceuticals and pharma intermediates; Mortara Instrument, which manufactures diagnostic equipment; Criticare Systems, which manufactures medical monitoring equipment; and Bradshaw Medical, a manufacturer of orthopedic and spinal surgery instruments.

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The Milwaukee Region is also becoming a center for medical software development. GE Healthcare has committed more than $3 million to UW-Milwaukee to help create a cluster of medical imaging software developers and researchers.

AO Smith

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES During the past 10 years, Milwaukee has evolved into a major center for electronic commerce. Two of the largest data processing firms in the world have significant operations in southeastern Wisconsin. Brookfield-based Fiserv is the world’s leading data processing provider for financial institutions. FIS, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services and Chase also have significant operations in southeastern Wisconsin.

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The region is also known for its strong supply-chain services. It is home to several large software firms specializing in logistics, including Dematic and CDC Supply Chain. It is also home to

The Water Council, headquartered in the Global Water Center near Downtown Milwaukee, drives economic, technology and talent development to support the global water industry. It supports more than 180 members, from small and mid-sized businesses and large global corporations to engineers, entrepreneurs, utilities, government agencies, education programs and nonprofits, with valuable services, programming and networking opportunities. The Water Council ( provides a number of water-related services and programs, including:

Energy Water Nexus: Identifying strategic energy water market opportunities Global Water Center: State-of-the-art water business incubator and research facility; cornerstone of Milwaukee’s $212 million Water Technology District Research & Commercialization Program: An “executive search firm” for water technology innovations within federal and university labs, as well as start-up enterprises Small Business Channel: A national network linking small and medium-size water technology businesses to critical resources needed to thrive in a global water market

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Thriving Economy

Talented Workforce

BREW (Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. In Wisconsin.) Accelerator: A world-class seed accelerator focused on innnovation-driven start-ups solving global water challenges


DeWitt attorneys see things differently while exploring and creating solutions to our clients’ needs. At DeWitt, we utilize our creativity to offer proactive and effective legal advice in more than 30 areas of law while serving publicly and privately held companies, individual clients, familyowned businesses, municipalities and more. With nearly 140 attorneys practicing in Wisconsin and Minnesota, our firm handles matters for clients nationwide. When you need a trusted, full-service law firm, please visit our website at or email for more information. MADISON



Distinctive Place

Alliance for Water Stewardship - North America: Develops world-class water stewards and enhances the sustainability of freshwater resources

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Astronautics Corp. of America, an international provider of flight-critical software and instruments; AQS and Penta Technologies, developers of enterprise solution software; Connecture Inc., a health insurance software provider; and Zywave, which develops software for financial planners and insurance brokers.

Milwaukee-area accounting firms with at least 35 certified public accountants/MMAC Members in Bold COMPANY


Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP




Accounting, auditing, tax transactions, consulting, recruiting





Assurance, tax, M&A, valuation, forensic, risk compliance, strategic planning and outsourcing to middle market and global companies

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP




Professional services firm delivering integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing and audit, tax and consulting services in all markets, foreign and domestic

Deloitte LLP




Comprehensive accounting, audit, tax, consulting and advisory services for both large-market and middlemarket companies

Ernst & Young, LLP




Assurance, IT security, business risk, tax advisory and compliance, and transactions services for global to middle-market clients

A leading center of food and beverage manufacturing, Milwaukee is home to the North American headquarters for Chr. Hansen, a Denmark-based maker of natural ingredients.

Grant Thornton LLP




Audit, tax, merger and acquisition advisory services, valuation services and business consulting services






Audit, tax and advisory services

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP




International assurance, tax and advisory professional services firm

Resources Global Professionals




Audit, finance and accounting, supply chain, IT, legal and human capital projects

777 E. Wisconsin Ave., 32nd Floor Milwaukee / 330 E. Kilbourn Ave., Suite 950 Milwaukee /

10700 W. Research Dr., Suite 200 Milwaukee /

555 E. Wells St. Milwaukee /

875 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee /


100 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 2100 Milwaukee /

777 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee /

100 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee /

100 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee /

Schenck, S.C.




Accounting, auditing, tax, IT security, merger, acquisitions, financial/estate planning, business valuations, health care consulting and cost segregation studies

Sikich LLP




A leading professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology and advisory services

Vrakas CPAs + Advisors




Full range of consulting and compliance services including audit, tax, business advisory, technology and business valuations

Winter, Kloman, Moter & Repp S.C.




Auditing, accounting, and business planning and advisory services, estate and trust planning, business valuations and technology consulting

Wipfli LLP




Audit, tax and consulting services including process improvement, information technology, risk management, business valuations, and mergers and acquisitions

11414 W. Park Place Milwaukee /

13400 Bishops Ln., Suite 300 Brookfield /

445 S. Moorland Rd., Suite 400 Brookfield /

235 N. Executive Dr., Suite 160 Brookfield /

10000 Innovation Dr., Suite 250 Milwaukee /

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Wisconsin is home to nearly 1,200 food and beverage manufacturers, ranking fifth in the nation and employing more than 67,000 people. One out of nine jobs in the state are related to food – from farm to factory to fork. The state ranks first nationally in cheese, second in sausage and third in beer production. Southeastern Wisconsin accounts for the largest concentration of food and beverage manufacturers in the state with more than 250 companies employing nearly 15,000 people. The region’s legacy brands include: Gardetto’s, Gehl’s, Johnsonville, Klement’s, Leinenkugel’s, MillerCoors, Pabst, Palermo’s, Patrick Cudahy, Sargento and Usinger’s. Global brands with operations here include: Birds Eye, Campbell’s, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Nestlé, Pepsi and Smith Field. And foreign direct investment includes: Chr. Hansen, Kerry, Kikkoman, Seda, Lesaffre/Red Star Yeast, Malteurop, Nature’s Path, Purato’s, and the recent attraction of Haribo. Southeastern Wisconsin also boasts the nation’s top ranking in food packaging and equipment manufacturing, as it is home to German-based Krones and KHS.



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Tens of thousands of people are employed in creative enterprises in the metropolitan region. Quad/Graphics, based in suburban Sussex, is one of the largest printing companies in the world. Other major printers include Arandell Corp., which produces direct-mail catalogs and demographically targeted marketing products, and Serigraph, which specializes in industrial and point-of-purchase printing.



Menomonee Falls-based Kohl’s is one of the nation’s largest department store chains with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states coast to coast. Milwaukee also is home to the national merchandising and marketing operations for The Bon-Ton Stores, which operates 270 stores in 26 states under the brand names of Bergner’s, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson’s, ElderBeerman, Herberger’s and Younkers.

The seven-county area is becoming a nationally recognized hub for green technologies. Johnson Controls is significantly expanding its research into automotive batteries and energy-efficient buildings, and The Water Council is strengthening the infrastructure needed to increase fresh water research, and support the region’s many water technology companies. The Milwaukee area also is


Talented Workforce


Signature initiatives include:

FaB CEO Briefings, invitationonly events for senior executives FaB Best Practice Sessions that showcase the best of what the industry is doing to attract talent and optimize growth opportunities FaBcap Program Series (including a starter, scaler and accelerator) to build the capacity and capitalization of promising young companies

a single-minded focus. Pure valuation means that our well-credentialed professionals concentrate the full depth of their expertise on only one thing – getting to the right value for

FaB Career Center, a dedicated job board

your business. Our focus goes beyond the typical valuation modeling scenario

FaB Farm-Factory-Fork, an annual career exploration for STEM students

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FaB MakerSafe Certificate, an eight-hour food safety training certificate that offers a career starting point

and deeper into your company’s specific needs and strategic issues to deliver

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Distinctive Place

FaB (Food and Beverage) Wisconsin is a statewide industry cluster organization that is building business capacity for growth and innovation in the food and beverage industry. Its 200 member companies include producers of consumer products, ingredients, packaging, equipment and technical services, as well as government agencies, academia and non-profits.

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Milwaukee is ideally located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, 90 miles north of Chicago, the third-largest urban area in the nation. The region is served by three major interstate highways, an international airport, and an extensive rail network that includes both freight and passenger trains.

CLIMATE: 4 distinct seasons 78 degrees Fahrenheit: average summer temp ● 7 days of 90+ degrees Fahrenheit ● 31 degrees Fahrenheit: average winter temp ● 52 days below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) ● ●

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Ozaukee County Waukesha County Washington County Kenosha County Walworth County Racine County Milwaukee County

$58,394 $84,415 $81,878 $73,502 $59,417 $58,302 $55,706 $47,607

WORKFORCE BY TYPE OF INDUSTRY Construction, Mining & Natural Resources 4%

Government - 11% Other Services - 3% Leisure & Hospitality 10%

Milwaukee’s cost of living is slightly below the U.S. city average and ranks significantly lower than many major metropolitan areas, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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Ozaukee County 4.3% Walworth County 5.1% Washington County 6.6% Kenosha County 8.3%

Educational & Health Services 18% Professional & Business Services - 14%


Manufacturing 15%


Trade, Transportation & Utilities 18% Information - 2% Financial Activities - 6%

Racine County 9.6%

Waukesha County 19.5%

Source: U.S. Department of Labor & Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development



Milwaukee County 46.7%

MEDIA The seven-county region is served by six daily newspapers, more than two dozen weekly newspapers, several magazines, 13 broadcast television stations (including two public television affiliates) and more than 40 radio stations. The state’s largest daily newspaper is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which is owned by Gannett. The Milwaukee Region is served by two primary business publications, the weekly Milwaukee Business Journal and the bi-weekly BizTimes. RDA Milwaukee produces a dozen national publications, including Taste of Home, the largest food magazine in the world with a circulation of more than 3 million. Other major Milwaukee-area publishers include Kalmbach Publishing Co., which publishes Model Railroader, Astronomy and other hobby magazines; and Trade Press Media Group, which publishes several trade publications covering railroad transportation and facility management.



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Eaton Cooper Power Systems, which produces integrated, smart-grid technologies to optimize grid performance, recently expanded its South Milwaukee facility to meet the demand for the technology.


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Milwaukee is home to several companies focused on increasing the efficiency of autos, trucks and other types of transportation. Modine is an international pioneer in thermal management technologies. Magnetek and Actuant have entered the market for power inverters, which are key to using the power generated by wind turbines and solar panels.

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The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and several of the region’s private-sector employers are working together to develop microgrid technologies that will be able to store renewable energy.

Milwaukee 7’s interactive site locator – – simplifies finding the optimal industrial, office or retail location with powerful search functions, demographic analyses, industry reports and dynamic mapping tools. Users can query buildings, sites or existing businesses and compare population density, living costs, labor force characteristics and other relevant demographics for the local community, as well as nearby wetlands and floodplains. The database includes both sale and lease properties and is continually updated with cost information, photographs, maps, site descriptions and links to websites and marketing SITES FAST materials. Information for each site can be exported to a PDF file for digital storage.

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home to several companies developing energy-saving or alternative energy technologies. These include Johnson Controls, a global leader in environmental management systems for office buildings, and Ingeteam, a Spanish company that manufactures alternative energy equipment in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley.

Milwaukee features big-city amenities at affordable prices, whether you’re booking a big block of rooms, organizing an executive meeting or hosting unforgettable evening entertainment.

The Place to Meet


iven all that Milwaukee has to offer, it’s no surprise that it is a destination city for corporate and association events. Every year, more than 60,000 people attend conventions and business meetings. Several brand-new hotels – the Kimpton, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Westin – complement the city’s established landmarks, which include The Pfister, Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Hyatt Regency Milwaukee and the Intercontinental, to make visitors’ stays enjoyable and memorable.


The largest dedicated conference facility in the region is the Wisconsin Center, which is located in downtown Milwaukee. It features 188,695 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, including a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 4,400 people. The center’s additional meeting space can be divided into 28 meeting and breakout rooms. Two major hotels, Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, are connected to the Wisconsin Center via skywalks, and another 2,100 hotel rooms are located within walking distance of the convention center campus. Also within walking distance are more than 150 restaurants, multiple theaters, sports complexes, museums, and specialty shopping destinations. The region offers several other meeting facilities that provide more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space besides the Wisconsin Center. These include the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the Pettit National Ice Center, Wisconsin State Fair Park and Discovery World. In addition, there are a multitude of niche facilities for special meetings.


Another reason Milwaukee is a meeting destination city is the full slate of activities from January through December. There is literally something going on every week of the year! For more information, go to

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EVENTS THAT WORK The Midwest’s Premier Entertainment Destination is also your best bet for full-service meetings—with the most hotel event space under one roof, free parking, free Wi-Fi, state-ofthe-art AV and professional catering managers to customize every detail of your event—all just steps from nonstop gaming, dining and luxury accommodations.





MAC works closely with the Milwaukee 7 and World Trade Association (WTA) to promote the region internationally. Recruiting efforts in Europe have led to several companies locating U.S. operations in southeastern Wisconsin, including Haribo, Thomas Magnete and PTF Pfӥller from Germany; Ingeteam, Inesa and Sic Lazaro from Spain; and Seda International Packaging from Italy. The Milwaukee 7 team has recently visited companies in Dubai, Turkey, Brazil and China. Foreign-owned firms employ 30,000 workers in the metropolitan area. Several global companies are headquartered here, including: A.O. Smith Brady Corp. ● Johnson Controls ● Rockwell Automation ● ManpowerGroup ● Modine ● Quad/Graphics ● ●

In addition, several foreign-based companies have a major presence in the region, including: ● BRP Inc. ● Chr. Hansen ● Krones AG ● Metso Corp.

MMAC’s World Trade Association and the Milwaukee 7 work together to promote exports, which have been the fastest-growing segment of the region’s Gross Domestic Product.

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The Great Lakes play an important role in international trade, providing global access through Lake Michigan, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the

E xports account for $15 billion of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) and have been the fastest-growing segment of the regional GDP over the past decade. Statewide, Wisconsin companies exported $21 billion in goods and services in 2016. Wisconsin manufacturers export a wide range of manufactured and agricultural products. The top export categories were technology and precision goods for which Milwaukee is known. Industrial machinery, electrical machinery and scientific/medical instruments accounted for more than half of the state’s exports. Canada is Wisconsin’s largest trading partner, accounting for one-third of the state’s exports. Other major trade destinations include Mexico, China, Australia and Japan.


The Port of Milwaukee handles 2 to 3 million net tons yearly with a lifting capacity of more than 187 tons direct from vessel to rail, truck or barge. The port is served by two major railroads (Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific) and offers direct interstate access. The port is also

Southeastern Wisconsin is one of 28 communities participating in the Global Cities Exports Initiative to promote global trade and economic competitiveness, a joint project between the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase. The core team includes the Milwaukee 7, the World Trade Association, the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the U.S. Commercial Service Milwaukee Export Assistance Center and private-sector export/import partners, including Bentley World Packaging and M.E. Dey. The Global Cities Export Initiative led to the creation of the Export Development Grant Program presented by JPMorgan Chase. The program provides up to $5,000 in financial assistance to small and mediumsize enterprises regardless of export experience, so that they can enter new markets by accessing resources, overcoming obstacles and seizing on opportunities. The team is also working with regional economic development representatives to foster metro-to-metro relationships and share best practices in


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grantee of Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 41, which encourages international trade for local companies to remain competitive in a global marketplace. For more information on the FTZ, including a directory of companies providing freight, export and import assistance, visit

inland river system. Milwaukee is one of the few Great Lakes ports open to navigation year-round and is at the center of two initiatives to improve the movement of goods in the region. The MMAC and the World Trade Association are working with state officials and railroads to reopen the port’s intermodal services, which blend railroad and lake freighter shipping to streamline the movement of goods. Similarly, the stretch of water between the Port of Milwaukee and the Port of Muskegon in Michigan has been designated Lake Michigan’s first “marine highway,” a federal designation designed to increase the shipment of goods by water. These initiatives will provide a lower-cost, lesscongested alternative for shipments that now go through Chicago.

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skills training, innovation capacities, freight handling and logistics practices to promote effective global trade.

Export Assessment

Because navigating the many trade resources and programs can be overwhelming, the WTA provides its members with a complimentary export assessment to help companies take advantage of export programs available at the local, state and federal levels. For programs that require professional advice, the WTA can provide recommendations to international law firms, consultants, accounting firms, banks and other institutions as needed. In addition, the WTA sponsors educational forums as well as frequent networking opportunities.

Export Grants

The M7 Export Grant Development Program, presented by JPMorgan Chase, provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 to small and medium enterprises looking to enter international markets. Launched in November 2015, the program has awarded 71 companies a total of $307,000. Forty-one of the companies have completed their projects, which resulted in $14.7 million in export sales growth.

Foreign Investment Zone

The MMAC worked with the federal government to establish a foreign investment development center that includes southeastern Wisconsin. The

Immigrant Investor Visa Program offers green cards to foreign investors and their families who invest a minimum of $1 million ($500,000 in targeted employment areas) to create at least 10 full-time jobs. For more information: investmentzone.aspx.

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Southeastern Wisconsin is part of Foreign Trade Zone 41. Administered by the Port of Milwaukee, it helps companies manage costs by delaying or reducing duty payments on foreign merchandise. The zones can be formed at a company’s place of operations. For information:


Access to the MMAC’s eCertify process allows companies to process certificates of origin from a desktop or laptop computer. It replaces the paper-based process for stamping and signing of trade documents into a streamlined electronic system that saves time and money while increasing compliance and productivity. For more information contact Sharon Fleck, certification specialist at the MMAC. Telephone (414) 287-4170.


The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the state’s primary economic development agency, provides access to trade representatives in 82 countries. Businesses new to exporting, accidental exporters and experienced exporters can acquire expertise and market information through WEDC’s incountry trade representatives or by joining WEDC on trade ventures that include personalized meeting schedules that address the company’s export objectives. In addition, WEDC has partnered with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership on ExporTech, an accelerator program that provides access to experts, individualized coaching and consulting support. Telephone: (608) 210-6838.


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outheast Wisconsin businesses benefit from a health care market noted for quality, competition, efficiency and collaboration. State agencies and organizations, health care systems, and purchasers work together to develop innovative solutions that deliver highly effective and cost-efficient care.

Integrated health systems. Four integrated health systems serve southeastern Wisconsin, providing coordinated care that improves efficiency and patient outcomes

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Quality. Wisconsin ranks first in the nation in the quality of care provided to patients, according to the most recent report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). And it’s no fluke. Over the past several years, the state has consistently ranked in the top three states for quality nationwide.

Innovation. Milwaukee-area health care providers, research facilities and businesses, including GE Healthcare, lead the way in developing new protocols and technologies Collaboration. Private-public partnerships promote transparency and collaboration. The Wisconsin Health Information Organization allows health care providers, health insurers and employer representatives to work together on payment reform by analyzing the cost of treating more than 3.7 million Wisconsin residents.

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Creative. Flexible. Effective. • Provide your employees with a comprehensive onsite wellness program AND the opportunity to save on a Y membership. • Partner with the Y that works best for your employees and their families, and they’ll receive access to every YMCA in the state of WI. • Wide variety of programs and fitness classes with convenient drop-in schedules. • For corporate partners offering a Healthy Living subsidy, the Y will match 50% of the subsidy, up to $10 per month. Our team of experienced professionals will create a custom program to suit your needs, when you need it, and delivered where you want it.

Southeastern Wisconsin is served by integrated health care systems in which physicians and other health care providers work together to provide a continuum of care in physician offices, clinics and inpatient settings. Southeastern Wisconsin is one of three regions nationwide that had both below-average treatment costs and above-average quality, according to an analysis conducted by HCTrends, a Milwaukee health care research organization. The study, which compared health care in 24 urban areas, found that southeastern Wisconsin providers are among the most efficient in treating diabetes, obesity, migraine headaches and depression. Solutions developed by local employers have become national programs. For example, a small onsite primary health care clinic started at Quad/Graphics’ Pewaukee printing plant has evolved into QuadMed, which now serves more than 100 employers in more than 15 states. QuadMed provides companies with onsite or near-site medical clinics to improve employee access to primary care. The region’s health plans, providers and businesses have also worked together through the Wellness Council of Wisconsin to develop and promote wellness programs that have made Milwaukee a national leader in this area.


LEARN MORE! Stop by the Wisconsin YMCA nearest you, to discover how we’re growing stronger or visit the Wisconsin Alliance of YMCAs website at

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The seven-county Milwaukee Region is served by four integrated health systems and several major health maintenance organizations, point-of-service and preferred provider organizations. Aurora Health Care, the area’s largest integrated health system, offers health management services to employers through Aurora Employer Solutions, which includes an accountable care organization (ACO) that promotes quality and efficiency, with aligned incentives for reducing employer health care costs. The second-largest integrated system in the region is Ascension Health, which includes the former Columbia St. Mary’s health system

and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. The other health systems serving the area are Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, which includes five hospital campuses throughout the region; and ProHealth Care, which serves the greater Waukesha area with three hospitals and more than a dozen medical clinics.


The Milwaukee region is home to several internationally recognized medical technology and biotech firms, including GE Healthcare, a global leader in medical imaging and information technologies, patient monitoring systems and health care services that employs 6,000 people in southeastern Wisconsin; Cambridge Major Laboratories, which develops and manufactures pharmaceuticals and pharma intermediates; Criticare Systems, which manufactures medical monitoring equipment; and Bradshaw Medical, a manufacturer of orthopedic and spinal surgery instruments.

Employers’ proactive approach to wellness programming has resulted in Milwaukee being the only city to receive two Well City designations from the Wellness Council of America.


Wisconsin businesses and organizations have been innovators in wellness, recognizing the link between medical costs and the health status of an employer group. The majority of Milwaukee-area employers with more than 20 employees have wellness programs and almost half of these programs are at least four years old. Employers’ focus on wellness is due in

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Area health clubs offer a variety of options, including floor exercises, cardiovascular equipment, swimming pools and rock-climbing walls.

large measure to the efforts of the Wellness Council of Wisconsin. The Wellness Council is dedicated to helping employers design results-oriented wellness programs to maximize the health and productivity of their employees. Founded in 1985 by the Wisconsin business community, the association has

500 employer members representing more than 450,000 employees. Its Well Workplace University helps participants develop a practical framework for building effective worksite wellness programs by securing senior level support and using data to drive health efforts. Health clubs and organizations like the YMCA and Wisconsin Athletic Club also offer corporate wellness services that include classes and management of on-site fitness centers. The programs are tailored to the budget and needs of the individual employer and can range from basic membership discounts and lunch-andlearn seminars to safety training, on-site personal and group training, smoking cessation, stress management, fitness orientation, staff supervision, health fairs, fitness challenges and biometric-based health-risk assessments. As a result of the business community’s commitment to wellness, southeastern Wisconsin is the only region in the country to have two cities that have achieved Well City designation – Milwaukee, which received its designation in 2010 and again in 2015, and Racine, which received its designation in 2012.


Wisconsin has the most competitive health insurance market in the country, giving employers a range of options from which to choose. The Milwaukee Region is served by a variety of national and state health plans, including: ●




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UnitedHealthcare is the region’s largest provider of private-sector health insurance, followed by Anthem. Aurora Health Care was the first system in southeastern Wisconsin to launch an accountable care organization (ACO), which is offered to both self-funded employers and as a fully insured product. Accountable care organizations help insurers and self-funded businesses


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control costs by focusing on quality improvement and integrating the medical care provided to patients. In 2016, Aurora Health Care and Anthem created a joint venture, the Wisconsin Collaborative Insurance Company, to sell insurance.

Ascension Health Ascension Health, based in St. Louis, includes the former Columbia St. Mary’s Health System and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Services. The system includes 11 hospitals, more than 75 community clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, physician medical groups and several urgent/express care centers in southeastern Wisconsin. Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center is the only one of its kind in the eastern half of the state.

Aurora Health Care Aurora Health Care is the largest fully integrated health system in Wisconsin and serves eastern Wisconsin through 15 hospitals and more than 150 clinic sites. It employs 32,000 caregivers, including 1,800 physicians throughout eastern Wisconsin. Aurora received the top performance award in a six-year quality demonstration project conducted by Medicare. The health system operates 11 medical centers throughout southeastern Wisconsin, including St. Luke’s Medical Center, its flagship, tertiary-care hospital.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Health System Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is one of the nation's top pediatric facilities with

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Columbia Center Birth Hospital 13125 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon; Wisconsin’s only hospital-based doula program; pregnancy and childbirth classes; and post-partum depression support.

Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Federal Government) 5000 W. National Ave., Milwaukee; Available beds: 168; Post-Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Milwaukee 5017 S. 110th St., Greenfield; Available beds: 56;

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In 2017, United Hospital System in Kenosha affiliated with Froedtert and The Medical College and was renamed Froedtert South. The system has served southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois communities for more than 100 years. It provides services through the Kenosha Medical Center Campus, St. Catherine’s Medical Center Campus and multiple physician clinics.

ProHealth Care

ProHealth Care is a regional health care system serving Waukesha County and surrounding areas. ProHealth Care employs more than 4,800 people, including 200 physicians. It has a cancer care partnership with UW Health, a heart and vascular care partnership with Indiana University Health and orthopedics in partnership with Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin. The system includes two hospitals, a stand-alone rehabilitation hospital and more than a dozen clinics.

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Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin regional health network is a partnership between Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin. The network comprises eastern Wisconsin’s only academic medical center, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee; Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls; and St. Joseph’s Hospital, West Bend. It also includes more than 2,700 physicians across 30 primary and specialty clinical locations. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin provides comprehensive health services, from primary to highly complex specialty care. The health network’s three hospitals have 804 staffed beds, more than 40,000 annual admissions and nearly 966,000 annual outpatient visits.

In addition to the region’s integrated health systems, there are independent acute-care specialty hospitals serving the area:

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At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, you can trust us to keep that light shining bright. Whether it’s at our hospitals in Milwaukee and Neenah, our more than 20 primary care locations, or our nationally ranked specialty programs, every doctor, nurse and staff member focuses 100 percent on kids. When your child is facing a serious condition, needs an X-ray, or is just due for a routine checkup, Children’s can help your spark of light glow.

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hospitals located in Milwaukee and Neenah. It offers outpatient care in more than 70 medical specialties and has an academic affiliation with the Medical College of Wisconsin. It is ranked in all ten specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary, specialty, urgent, and emergency care, as well as community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services, and family resource centers.



isconsin residents have always considered education to be a top priority, and they have insisted it be rooted in real-world practicality. As a result, state and local communities have fostered links between privatesector businesses and educational institutions. ●

The Milwaukee Region is a leader in Project Lead the Way, a national initiative designed to get middle school and high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and has been a pioneer in school choice programs The region’s technical colleges – Milwaukee Area Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College, Gateway Technical College and Moraine Park Technical College – actively partner with employers and four-year universities to create the career pathways necessary for the region’s next-generation economy Milwaukee-area universities continue to pioneer programs focused on the future, including UWMilwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences; UWWhitewater’s Institute for Water Business; Marquette University’s Innovation Alley, which will connect its new business school with its engineering college to promote interdisciplinary collaboration; and the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s plans for a new technology program focused on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, cloud computing and robotics


Southeastern Wisconsin is home to three of the University of Wisconsin’s four-year campuses, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), the second-largest UW campus with 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

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the milwaukee region is building a talent pipeline that spans KindergarTEn through doctoral degrees

Marquette University is the largest private school in the region. A Catholic Jesuit university, Marquette offers more than 80 majors and pre-professional programs in dentistry, law and medicine. Colleges include the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, College of Education, Opus College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences and College of Nursing. It offers 64 doctoral and master’s degree programs, and is home to the state’s only dental school and the region’s only law school.

education. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s College of Business and Economics is online, and it’s accredited by AACSB. And when only 5% of business schools worldwide are accredited by AACSB, you know you’re dealing with an

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Two other four-year University of Wisconsin schools are located in the region. More than 12,000 students attend UW-Whitewater in Walworth County, which is noted for its College of Business and Economics. Another 4,800 students attend UW-Parkside, which is located between Racine and Kenosha.

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In 2015, UWM was designated as a Tier 1 doctoral research university, placing it among 115 top-tier research institutions in the United States, including Yale, Duke and Johns Hopkins universities. UWM’s Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business has approximately 4,000 graduate and undergraduate students and is noted for its research in manufacturing, information systems, accounting, marketing, finance strategy and leadership, business development, and diversity issues. Another 1,900 students are enrolled in its College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Other colleges at the Milwaukee campus include: the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, the School of Education, the School of Freshwater Sciences, the College of Nursing, the School of Information Studies and the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health. The school is boosting its research profile with the new, five-story Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Center, which will allow the university to compete for national grants. In addition, GE Healthcare has committed $3 million to UWM to foster the growth of medical imaging software developers and researchers.

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University in Waukesha; Carthage College in Kenosha; and Concordia University in Mequon. Several specialty institutions are located in the region, including the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD).


The state’s vocational education system continues to be a national leader in providing students with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Established in the early 1900s, the state’s technical college system was the first of its kind in the nation. Today the system serves more than 400,000 students at 16 colleges in the state. Students earn associate degrees and certificates in a variety of fields, including information technology, health care, business, public safety and the skilled trades. Strong ties to employers, education partners, economic development experts and community-based organizations ensure economic opportunities. This includes the M-Cubed Program, a partnership between Milwaukee Public

Schools, the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and UW-Milwaukee that provides a supportive, educational bridge between high school and a four-year degree; and the Waukesha County Technical College Dual-Enrollment Academy, which allows students to earn college credits while they are still in high school. Close to 90 percent of students who complete the state’s technical college programs are employed within six months of their graduation. An additional 8 percent continue their education at a four-year university or other school. Gateway Technical College: Offers more than 65 diploma, certificate and associate degree programs. Campuses in Racine, Kenosha, Elkhorn, Burlington, Pleasant Prairie and Sturtevant. Milwaukee Area Technical College: 200 diploma, certificate and associate degree programs. Campuses in Milwaukee, Mequon, West Allis and Oak Creek. Moraine Park Technical College: Offers more than 60 associate degrees and diploma programs. West Bend. Waukesha County Technical College: More than 150 associate degrees, technical diplomas,

apprenticeships and certificate programs.

ENGINEERING PROGRAMS Carthage College: Five-year, dual-degree program in engineering. Bachelor of arts in natural science, mathematics or computer science at Carthage; bachelor of science in engineering through Case Western Reserve University. Marquette University: Bachelor of science degrees in biomedical, civil, computer, construction, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering. Engineering graduate degrees include master’s and doctoral programs in biomedical, civil, electrical and computer, and mechanical engineering. Graduate and undergraduate biomedical engineering education is provided jointly by Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Milwaukee School of Engineering: Bachelor of science degrees in architectural, biomedical, biomolecular, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, software engineering and construction management. Two-year degree completion programs in electrical engineering and engineering. Master’s degrees in civil and architectural engineering, engineering, engineering management and perfusion. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Bachelor’s degrees in biomedical, civil, computer,

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GRADUATE BUSINESS PROGRAMS Alverno College: Master’s programs in business. Open to both men and women. Cardinal Stritch University: Accelerated evening programs, including MBA and master’s degree in management. Accelerated, weekend doctoral degree in leadership. Carroll University: Master’s degrees in software engineering, business administration and graphic communications. Concordia University - WI: Classroom and elearning MBA program with concentrations in

finance, health care administration, human resource management, international business, management, corporate communications, risk management, marketing, public administration and management information systems. Herzing University: Online MBA programs in accounting, business management, health care management, human resources, project management, public safety leadership and technology management; dual concentration option also available. Kaplan University Learning Center: Master’s degrees in legal studies, management, business administration, health care administration, public health, criminal justice and higher education. Lakeland University - Milwaukee: Master’s degrees offered in business administration, education and counseling. Evening and online classes for working adults. Marian University - West Allis Center: Master’s degree in organizational leadership and quality; doctoral degree in leadership studies. Marquette University: Traditional MBA, executive MBA, and master’s degrees in accounting, applied economics, corporate communication, human resources and leadership studies. Joint programs with law, nursing and political science. Five-year STEM/MBA degrees in athletic training, biological sciences, biochemistry and molecular biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, computer science, exercise

physiology, math, physics and physiological sciences. Medical College of Wisconsin: Master’s degrees in anesthesia, bioethics, bioinformatics, clinical and translational science, medical physiology, technology management and public health. Milwaukee School of Engineering - Rader School of Business: MBA (including STEM and education leadership), master’s degrees in engineering management, new product management, marketing and export management, nursing/health care systems management and perfusion. Mount Mary University: Tracks in general management and health systems leadership open to men and women. Ottawa University: Master’s degrees in business administration, human resources, accountancy, and leadership. University of Phoenix-Milwaukee Campus: Offers MBAs at its campus in Brookfield. University of WisconsinMilwaukee Lubar School of Business: Offering the MBA in two formats (flexible scheduling or a 20-month evening cohort program), the executive MBA, the master of science in management with six specialty concentrations and the STEM-designated master of science in information technology management. Graduate certificates in business analytics (online),

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electrical, industrial, materials, and mechanical engineering; and computer science. Master’s degrees in engineering, offering concentrations in biomedical engineering, computer science, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering mechanics, energy engineering, industrial and manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, and mechanical engineering. Doctorate degrees in biomedical engineering or engineering, with concentrations available in civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering and medical informatics. Graduate certificates/ concentrations in biomedical engineering; certificate program in energy engineering, advanced computational engineering and ergonomics.

Marquette University offers 70 doctoral and master’s degree programs and 21 graduate certificate programs through our Graduate School and Graduate School of Management. We set the highest standards of academic excellence in order to create remarkable results. You’ll leave

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enterprise resource planning (online), and investment management. University of Wisconsin-Parkside: MBA evening/online classes. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater: MBA

degrees with concentrations in data analytics, finance, human resources, international business, IT management, management, marketing, project management and supply chain management. Master’s degrees in accounting, applied economics, environmental

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER Helping innovators turn concepts into products Applied Technology Center (ATC): Transfers technology from the laboratory to the marketplace to solve company-sponsored problems confronting business, strengthen economic development, protect the environment and benefit human life. Milwaukee School of Engineering. Telephone: (414) 277-7416. Center for Biomolecular Modeling: Creates 3D physical models of molecular structures using rapid prototyping to help research scientists create custom models of proteins. Milwaukee School of Engineering. Telephone: (414) 277-7529. Clinical and Translational Science Institute: A regional biomedical collaboration of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering and others to foster reduced barriers between disciplines and institutions to solve medical engineering problems. Construction Science and Engineering Center: Dedicated to testing products for structural integrity and failure points, helping to determine marketability and safety. The lab has multiple computerized data acquisition capabilities and transducers for measuring force, displacement and strain. Milwaukee School of Engineering. Telephone: (414) 277-7308. Fluid Power Institute (FPI): Conducts a variety of performance, endurance and environmental evaluations of hydraulic components and systems, fluid analysis and tribology measurements; and performs modeling and simulation, system integration and prototyping. Milwaukee School of Engineering. Telephone: (414) 277-7191. Medical College of Wisconsin Office of Technology Development: Oversees the college’s technology transfer process, including patenting, marketing and licensing of new technologies. Medical College of Wisconsin. Telephone: (414) 955-4362. Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC): MSOE, UWM, Marquette University, UW-Madison, regional companies and foundations provide research, workforce development and industry expansion for the state’s energy, power and control industries. Telephone: (414) 444-8208. Photonics and Applied Optics Center: Located at an extremely low-vibration site, the center performs experiments on sensitive optical projects. Recent projects include LED performance/endurance and evaluation of computerized virtual 3D images for motion detection. Milwaukee School of Engineering. Telephone: (414) 277-7416. Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC): A consortium of more than 65 client-members working to reduce product development cycle time through 3D scanning technology, rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing. Multiple machines use leading types of rapid prototyping techniques, including stereolithography apparatus, selective laser sintering, fused deposition modeling (FDM) and 3D printing. Milwaukee School of Engineering. Telephone: (414) 2777384. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Office of Sponsored Programs: Provides administrative support for contracts and technology transfer activities, including contract review, award negotiation and acceptance, and account setup. Telephone: (414) 229-4913. Water Equipment and Policy Center: Universities and industry members collaborate in pursuing precompetitive research with the goal of advancing the water industry by creating innovative transformative technologies and policies. Telephone: (414) 229-2615.

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safety and health, and school business management. Graduate certificates in business foundations, data analytics, human resources management, project management, construction safety, and occupational ergonomics. Doctorate degree in business administration. Upper Iowa University - Online Program: MBA degrees with special emphases in accounting, global business, corporate financial management, human resources, organizational development and leadership.

UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS PROGRAMS Alverno College: Weekday and evening/online college for women. Bachelor’s degree available in business with concentrations in marketing, business analytics or management. Bryant and Stratton College: Bachelor’s degrees in business administration, financial services and information technology. Cardinal Stritch University: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business, international business and management information systems. Evening and online programs in management, business administration, strategic management information systems and human services management. Carroll University: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, computer science, graphic communication, and general business with emphases in management, finance, marketing, economics, human resources and information systems. Carthage College: Bachelor’s degrees for both traditional and adult (accelerated evening program) students in accounting, management and marketing. Additional majors in economics, finance and international political economy for traditional students. (traditional), (adult) Concordia University - Wisconsin: Bachelor’s degrees in business, accounting, economics, marketing, management and finance. Herzing University: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business management, entrepreneurism, health care management, human resources, international business, legal studies, marketing, and technology. Kaplan University Learning Center: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, information technology and health information management. Lakeland University - Milwaukee: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, computer science, communication, education, marketing and specialized administration. Marian University - West Allis Center: Accelerated, completely online courses for working adults.

MMAC Actively Promotes

Adaptive & Productive Lifelong Learning

Since its founding, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce has been a strong advocate of results-oriented education. It provided funding for the nation’s first technical school in 1904 and continues to work with educational and community organizations to improve achievement from cradle to career by strengthening education basics and connecting curriculum to jobs.

“Be The Spark” Program

MMAC has been active with Schools That Can Milwaukee, an effort to replicate successful schools, raise achievement at high-potential schools, and attract national charter school operators to create high-performing schools that serve low-income students.


Meeting the needs of business and industry for 115 years… . Graduates and interns in engineering, nursing and business . Graduate studies and non-credit courses for employee development . Customized programs at company facilities . Access to faculty and students as research partners

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Milwaukee-area universities continue to pioneer academic programs focused on the future while the region’s technical colleges are actively partnering with employers and fouryear universities to create the career pathways necessary for the region’s nextgeneration economy.

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MMAC is working with the Milwaukee 7 regional economic collaborative to connect manufacturing companies with students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors to address a skills gap experienced by the region’s employers. Using an interactive, Internet-based platform, GROW HERE will help companies partner with K-16 schools and connect with students and educators to provide plant tours, apprenticeships, co-ops and after-hire training.

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In 2014, COSBE launched its “Be the Spark” program, which gives middle school students an inside look at business operations and career pathways. Through the program, more than 4,500 Milwaukee Public School seventh-graders have visited with corporate executives, toured businesses and have begun to understand potential career paths in various industries. Sponsors include Bank Mutual, Southwest Airlines Co., Waukesha Metal Products, Superior Support Resources, Tredo Group, Johnson Financial Group, Milwaukee Urban Strategic Investment Corporation (MUSIC), Meijer and Riteway Transportation.

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Marquette University: Bachelor’s degrees in business administration with majors in accounting, business economics, finance, human resources, information technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, operations, supply-chain management and real estate. Milwaukee School of Engineering Rader School of Business: Bachelor of science degrees in actuarial science and user experience/communication design, and bachelor of business administration. Two-year degree completion programs in business management. Mount Mary University: Bachelor degree options available in accounting and business administration; minors also available in business merchandising and entrepreneurship.

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Ottawa University: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, communication, health care management, human services, law enforcement, leadership, and management and psychology. University of Phoenix: Bachelor’s degrees with concentrations in business management, management, business administration, and information systems. Three locations in the Milwaukee area.

Upper Iowa University-Milwaukee Center: Bachelor’s degrees in business administration, accounting, human resource management, management, business marketing, health services administration, human services, public administration, financial management and management information systems. Wisconsin Lutheran College: Offers bachelor’s degree in business administration, with specific areas of emphasis in finance, international business, management and marketing. Also offers a bachelor’s degree in accounting.



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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology, general business, general management, supply chain management, human resources, international business, integrated science and business, marketing and occupational safety. Minors and certificates are also available. (AACSB accredited).

Recognized as one of the nation’s top research universities, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is proud of its world-class faculty. Our scientists and researchers partner with businesses to develop new products and services. And, with more than 5,000 students graduating from UWM every year, we provide top talent to keep your business competitive. 61

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University of Wisconsin-Parkside: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, finance, business, human resources, marketing, and management information systems. Certificates in project management, sales, retail management and entrepreneurship.

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University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Lubar School of Business: Bachelor of business administration degree with majors in accounting, finance, human resource management, information technology management, marketing, and supply-chain and operations management. Certificates offered in: entrepreneurship, enterprise resource planning, international business, investment management, and real estate.



Milwaukee is hip

A vibrant downtown includes an exciting mix of trendy restaurants, bars, sports venues, theaters and residential developments.


ordered on the east by the deep-blue waters of Lake Michigan and encircled by the pristine, glacial hills of the Kettle Moraine, the Milwaukee Region is perfectly situated near an abundance of natural resources. Milwaukee enjoys a reputation as a fun and exciting place to live, which is why it’s been ranked as one of the top destination cities in the country. But there is much more to the Milwaukee Region than its beautiful surroundings. There is a real “genuineness” to the area’s residents that is rooted in solid Midwestern values.


The Milwaukee Region explodes with energy during the summer festival season, but there’s always something going on – even during the cozy months of winter. ●



The city is home to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Florentine Opera and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater The city is probably best known for Summerfest, an 11-day celebration of food and music. Considered the world’s largest music festival, it celebrated its 50th birthday in 2017. Milwaukee also throws a great birthday party. In 2018, the city will host the 115th anniversary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., a celebration that will draw tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world.

There’s plenty to do even when there’s no scheduled event: a quiet round of golf, a hike through a county or state park, inline skating along the lakefront, or renting a Bublr Bike for a leisurely tour of the city.


The region’s restaurants serve up a smorgasbord of ethnic delicacies. Among the more popular cuisines are Mexican, German, French, Italian,

Milwaukee is ideally located

Centered in the Upper Midwest, Milwaukee is surrounded by abundant natural resources.

Milwaukee is ACCESSIBLE

Boasting one of the lowest metro-area commute times, the Milwaukee Region is easy to navigate.

Milwaukee GIVES BACK

Milwaukee residents are generous, volunteering their time to make the region better for everyone.

Chinese, Greek, Middle Eastern, Thai, Polish, Russian and Serbian. A variety of upscale restaurants offer epicurian delights, including Ardent, Bacchus, Sanford’s, Carnevore, Circa 1880 and Rare in Milwaukee; Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and Mr. B’s in Brookfield; Eddie Martini’s in Wauwatosa; and The Union House in Genesee Depot.


For decades, Milwaukee was the beer capital of America, brewing such classics as Miller, Pabst and Schlitz. While large-scale breweries don’t dominate the local economy as they once did, MillerCoors still produces millions of barrels annually of its Miller High Life, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Lite, Miller Chill, Coors, Blue Moon and Leinenkugel beers in the Menomonee Valley. In addition, the area is home to more than three dozen microbreweries and brewpubs, which keep the region’s heady heritage alive. Craft distilleries have also begun to pop up, providing a truly Milwaukee twist on spirits.

COMMUNITY WALKS AND RIDES The Miller Lite Ride for the Arts attracts thousands of bicyclists every June to raise money for the arts community, while the Briggs & Stratton/Al’s Memorial Run and Walk is a well-known September fundraising event for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.


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For merriment, there is plenty of nightlife throughout the downtown, whether it be on Brady Street, Water Street, Downer Avenue, North Avenue or Jefferson Street. If you’re looking for Las Vegas-style gambling, check out Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, which attracts more than 4 million visitors each year to its entertainment complex in the Menomonee Valley. The casino features blackjack, poker, craps and roulette; slots and video machines; several restaurants and musical venues; and a 381-room hotel.


Even in winter, there is plenty to do. There are several cross-country and downhill skiing facilities just 30 minutes from downtown Milwaukee. There’s also yearround, indoor ice skating at the Pettit National Ice Center 63

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and outdoor skating at Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee. VISIT Milwaukee maintains a complete online list of activities and attractions at


Milwaukee is a cultural center offering a wealth of opportunities to attend plays, operas, symphonies and chamber music, thanks to an arts community that is well supported by metro-area residents. Among comparable metropolitan areas, only Nashville, Orlando, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago have more performing arts groups per 100,000 people. And no city, except Los Angeles, raises more private money for the arts than Milwaukee.

several experimental drama, dance and music groups. The Ko-Thi Dance Company has earned a national reputation for innovation and excellence in African dance. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, or the “Rep,” as it is known locally, offers three intimate venues for patrons: a stage for mainstream productions, an informal stage for other shows and a cabaret for musical reviews.


Milwaukee Ballet Company

Florentine Opera

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Skylight Theatre

The metropolitan area is also home to

The Milwaukee Public Museum boasts exhibits featuring dinosaurs, the rain forest and the Streets of Old Milwaukee.

There are many excellent museums in the Milwaukee area:

Principal attractions include the: ●

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performs classical and pop favorites at more than 200 concerts year-round.

Discovery World Museum, an interactive science and technology museum The Harley-Davidson Museum, which showcases the evolution of the motorcycle that made Milwaukee famous

Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, features 11 days of music at Milwaukee’s lakefront festival park.

The Kenosha Civil War Museum, which houses one of the most extensive collections of Civil War artifacts in the Midwest The Milwaukee Public Museum, which is

Energizing Young Professionals FUEL Milwaukee is a community engagement organization for young professionals, new Milwaukeeans, and regional leaders who are passionate about creating a vibrant, inclusive community that is magnetic to talent. ●

FUEL Milwaukee has more than 7,000 individual members and 60 employer partners Individual members benefit from networking events with diverse professionals, opportunities to explore Milwaukee’s art and cultural scenes, and interactive city engagement activities Employer members can take advantage of best practice and research sharing, peer networking and a cadre of resources, including FUEL’s Talent Attraction and Retention workshops FUEL’s Adopt-a-Nonprofit program allows young professionals to contribute to a cause that strengthens the community, while the agencies they serve benefit from their expertise FUEL’s Professional Development Bootcamp partners members with Milwaukee's premier trainers and experts for a week-long program that offers 15 action-packed workshops on leadership, management and individual career growth

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considered one of the six best natural history museums in the country ●

The Kenosha Public Museum, which features a display of 12,500-year-old mammoth bones excavated on a nearby farm The Milwaukee Art Museum, which has a permanent collection of more than 20,000 works and is best known for its $100 million addition designed by Santiago Calatrava West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art, which highlights regional crafts and artifacts Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, featuring many hands-on exhibits dedicated to children ages 1 through 10


Milwaukee holds more festivals than any other city in the United States. There isn’t an idle weekend in Milwaukee from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The city’s major ethnic festivals, many of which are held on the city’s lakefront, include: ●

African World Festival

Bastille Days

Festa Italiana

German Fest

Greek Fest

Indian Summer Festival

Irish Fest

Mexican Fiesta

Polish Fest

The summer season is filled with many other church, community and ethnic festivals as well, including the Cinco de Mayo Festival held at Mitchell Park on Milwaukee’s near south side, Cedarburg’s annual Strawberry Festival and Fish Days in Port Washington.


Milwaukee is a sports-loving city, offering a variety of professional and collegiate competition. It is home to the: ●

Milwaukee Brewers professional baseball team, which plays its home games at Miller Park, a 42,000-seat baseball stadium just west of downtown that offers plenty of room for tailgating Milwaukee Bucks NBA professional

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Tailgating before the ballgame is a Milwaukee tradition at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers.

basketball team that will move into its new downtown arena home in time for the 2018-2019 season ●

The Milwaukee County Zoo attracts more than 1.2 million people to its 200acre campus every year.

The Reiman Aquarium at Discovery World features fish from the Great Lakes, as well as the oceans.

Marquette Golden Eagles and UWMilwaukee Panthers NCAA basketball teams Milwaukee Admirals AHL hockey team Milwaukee Wave professional soccer team


The Milwaukee Region features more than 60 public and private golf courses. The area’s best-known golf course is Erin Hills Golf Course in Washington County, which hosted the 2017 U.S. Open and the 2011 U.S. Amateur. About one hour’s drive north of Milwaukee is Whistling Straits, which hosted the 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships and will host the 2020 Ryder Cup.


The Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team will move into a new downtown arena in 2018.

The Domes, a national historic site, are three geodesic domes featuring desert and tropical fauna, as well as seasonal displays.

First Stage Theater is one of the nation’s most-acclaimed children’s theaters.

Boating is a popular activity, thanks to 49 miles of Lake Michigan coastline and 33 square miles of inland water, including many lakes sprinkled throughout western Waukesha County. The South Shore Yacht Club and the Milwaukee Yacht Club have a combined membership of more than 1,100 people. Sailboats, windsurfing equipment, jet skis and other personal watercraft can be rented at McKinley Park Marina in Milwaukee. The Reefpoint Marina and Gaslight Pointe Marina in Racine provide opportunities to moor private boats or to connect with charter boat captains for a Great Lakes fishing experience.


The metropolitan region has plenty to offer the weekend athlete and outdoor enthusiast as well. Milwaukee County’s extensive park system is one of the largest public areas in the country, boasting dozens of tennis courts; miles of jogging, hiking and biking trails; sandy beaches; and more than a dozen public golf courses, some of them overlooking Lake Michigan. The greater Milwaukee region features more than 17,700 acres of county parkland and more than 240 miles of designated bikeways and hiking paths. In addition, the region is home to several state parks, including Lapham Peak – Kettle Moraine State Forest, Glacial Drumlin Trail, Harrington Beach State Park and the Richard Bong State Recreation Area. 67



ilwaukeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong financial sector makes it easier for small, medium-size and large businesses in Southeast Wisconsin to secure the loans they need to expand, improve productivity and increase their market share. Several financial institutions have major operations in the region, including Associated Bank, Bank Mutual, BMO Harris, Chase, The Equitable Bank, Johnson Bank, Old National (formerly Anchor Bank), Park Bank, PNC, Tri-City, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo. In addition, federal, state and local government agencies have developed loan programs and other financial packages targeted to help small and medium-size businesses.


Most businesses finance their operations and expansions through business loans and lines of credit. Revolving lines of credit can range from $5,000 to $1 million and typically feature a variable interest rate that is tied to the prime rate. They are often collateralized with real estate, accounts receivable, inventory or fixed assets. Business loans provide capital to start businesses, purchase inventory or expand operations. Larger and riskier loans can be secured with loan guarantees from a government agency. The loan guarantee allows lending institutions to take on additional risk, because the government agrees to repay the lender if the business defaults.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) guarantees between 30 and 40 percent of all long-term business loans nationwide. It will guarantee up to $3.75 million of a private-sector loan. The SBA will guarantee 85 percent of loan

amounts up to $150,000 and 75 percent for loan amounts greater than $150,000. Loans can be used for working capital, to purchase land or buildings, or to buy machinery and equipment. Fixed and variable interest rates are available. One

Dozens of banks in the metro area have experience with the SBA loan program. The most active and expert lenders qualify for the SBA’s streamlined programs – the SBA Express Program and the Preferred Lender Program, which offer expedited approvals.

SBA Preferred Lenders Following are preferred and express lenders participating in the SBA’s loan guarantee program: *Preferred lenders can accept or reject loan applications without SBA approval ** Express lenders receive expedited approval from the SBA Associated Bank* **

Amy Tremel

BMO Harris* **

Jim Ebben

(262) 938-2626

Business Lenders, LLC*

Commercial Loan Officer

(877) 345-6267

ByLine Bank* **

Eric Manke

(262) 860-2090

Citizens State Bank of Mukwonago**

James Bodendorfer

(262) 363-6500

Collins State Bank, Random Lake**

Terry Van Engen

(920) 994-9434

Commerce State Bank**

Luke Hagel

(262) 247-2800

Cornerstone Community Bank* **

Rick Novotny

(262) 546-1131

First Bank Financial Centre - Oconomowoc* **

Sarah Andritsch

(262) 338-9900

First Business Bank - Milwaukee**

Lynn Sigfred

(262) 792-7116

Glacier Hills Credit Union - West Bend*

Mike Mallow

(262) 438-1117

Horicon Bank*

Terry O’Connor

(920) 887-8350

Johnson Bank* **

Mike Piku

(414) 287-6452

JPMorgan Chase* **

Anthony Leach

(262) 783-3902

Kohler Credit Union**

Bob Meyer

(262) 375-2675

Landmark Credit Union**

Sandra Roadt

(262) 780-7118

Park Bank* **

Jack Walden

(414) 616-4430

Partnership Bank, Cedarburg* **

Joe Nelson

(262) 204-4607

PNC* **

Harold Lewis

(414) 270-7929

Port Washington State Bank**

Gary Heckendorf

(262) 284-4416

(920) 727-8420

PyraMax Bank**

Eric Hurd

(414) 235-5894

Spring Bank**

Glenn Michaelsen

(262) 754-5563

Thrivent Federal Credit Union*

Heidi Giuliani

(612) 844-8048

Tri-City National Bank**

Stephen Grebe

(414) 461-8904

UPS Capital Business Credit * **

Commercial Loan Officer

(877) 263-8772

U.S. Bank - Milwaukee* **

Larry Berning

(262) 250-8094

Waukesha State Bank* **

Paula Neis

(262) 549-8551

Wells Fargo* **

Linda Hrdina

(414) 294-8102

Westbury Bank* **

Joe Schaefer

(262) 439-3338

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of the more popular programs is the SBA Express Program, which provides small businesses with loans of up to $350,000.

SBA PROGRAMS SBA provides a number of financial assistance programs that have been specifically designed to meet key financing needs for small businesses, including debt and equity financing. The SBA also offers several specialized programs, including export working capital line of credit, international trade loans, seasonal lines of credit and small general contractor financing.

Debt Financing SBA does not make direct loans to small businesses. Rather, SBA sets the guidelines for loans and then guarantees the loans will be repaid to participating lenders. When a business applies for an SBA loan, it is actually applying for a commercial loan, structured according to SBA requirements with an SBA guaranty. SBA-guaranteed loans may not be made to a small business if the borrower has access to other financing on reasonable terms. At this writing, there are about 350 banks, credit unions, CDCs and other community-lenders making SBAguaranteed loans in Wisconsin. See the sidebar at left for more information about participating lenders.

504 Program The U.S. Small Business Administration assists small businesses through its popular 504 Loan Program. Under the program, the SBA is able to make longterm, fixed-rate financing available to small businesses through a Certified Development Company (CDC). CDCs provide financing by issuing SBAguaranteed debentures that are sold to private investors. Typically, the borrower must invest 10 percent in the project. The bank provides 50 percent of the financing, while the CDC offers up to 40 percent. Under the SBA 504 program, the maximum debenture is $5 million and $5.5 million for manufacturers and some loans related to energy consumption or renewable energy. WBD is a statewide, certified development company that assists lenders and their commercial clients in packaging financing


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through loans guaranteed by the SBA or other government entities. The corporation also packages SBA 7A loans and participates with commercial banks through the Wisconsin Bankers Association TEAM Network. Telephone: (262) 970-8533.

Micro Loan Program Micro loans are designed for individuals seeking a loan for a new or growing small business. The maximum loan amount is $50,000 with a maximum repayment term of six years and a fixed interest rate. Loan proceeds can be used for supplies, furniture, fixtures, inventory, machinery, equipment or working capital. SBA-APPROVED MICRO LENDERS First American Capital Corp. (subsidiary of American Indian Chamber of Commerce): 10809 W. Lincoln Ave., Suite 102, West Allis. Telephone: (414) 604-2044. Impact Seven: 642 W. North Ave., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 445-6883. Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp.: Provides entrepreneurial, business and personal money management education programs to

help individuals create, expand or diversify their small businesses. Classes on business start-ups, planning, marketing, management/operations, financial management, financing and Internet marketing. 1533 N. RiverCenter Dr., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 263-5450.

Small Business Innovation Research Program

The Small Business Innovation Research Program is a non-equity funding source for innovative technologies that are considered high-risk, high-payoff initiatives. Companies can receive up to $225,000 for Phase I projects (feasibility studies), which typically last six to nine months; and $1.5 million for Phase II projects (prototype development), which last up to 24 months. Applicants are expected to secure private-sector financing, licensing or strategic partnerships to commercialize the technology. Small Business Innovation Research Program: More than $2.5 billion in federal funding is available through competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These non-equity funding sources are designated for

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small businesses (less than 500 employees) with innovative technologies that are considered high-risk, high-payoff initiatives. The Center for Technology Commercialization – SBIR/STTR Program Assistance: The Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) is housed within UW Extension’s Division for Business and Entrepreneurship. CTC provides a range of SBIR/STTR assistance programs including informal and formal reviews, training sessions and follow-on match funding for successful SBIR/STTR awards. The center has assisted Wisconsin companies in securing more than $170 million in federal SBIR/STTR and other funding since 2005. Telephone: (608) 263-0398. and

Surety Bond Guarantees

The SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program helps small business contractors who cannot obtain surety bonds through regular commercial channels. Through the program, the SBA makes an agreement with a surety guaranteeing that SBA will assume a percentage of loss in the event the contractor should breach the terms of the contract. The SBA's guarantee gives sureties an incentive to provide bonding for eligible contractors, thereby strengthening a contractor's ability to obtain bonding and greater access to contracting opportunities for small businesses. SBA can guarantee bonds for contracts up to $5 million, covering bid, performance and payment bonds, and in some cases up to $10 million on federal contracts.

Venture Capital Program

SBA’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program is a publicprivate investment partnership created to help fill the gap between the availability of growth capital and the needs of small businesses. The SBA does not invest directly in small businesses, relying instead on the expertise of qualified private investment funds. The SBA licenses these funds as SBICs and supplements the capital they raise from private investors with access to low-cost, government-guaranteed debt. With these two sources of capital backing them, SBICs search across the United States for promising businesses in need of debt or equity financing. SBICs are similar to other investment funds in terms of how they operate and their pursuit of high returns.

Private equity funds usually take an ownership stake in a company in exchange for their investment, then give the entrepreneur an opportunity to buy back their ownership stake at a later date. Private equity funds obtain their money from a variety of sources. Some, such as those operated by bankholding companies, are internally funded. Other equity funds are funded by corporate or individual shareholders. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), a federal agency, also makes venture capital available through its Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs), which operate much like venture capital funds. The Tech Council Innovation Network is a community-based economic development organization dedicated to fostering innovation among entrepreneurs, service providers, technologists and people involved in high-growth businesses. The network is operated by the Wisconsin Technology Council, an independent, nonprofit and non-partisan statewide board with representatives from technology companies, venture capital firms, educational and research institutions, government and law. Telephone: (608) 442-7557.

Private Equity Funds

Following are private equity firms serving southeastern Wisconsin:

strategic and financial alternatives, creating and executing sell-side and buy-side M&A strategies, and identifying cost-effective financing alternatives and sources. Contacts: Jeff Horein or Thomas Walker. Telephone: (800) 362-7301. Capital Midwest Fund: 10556 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon. Invests in late-stage ventures within advanced manufacturing businesses. Investments range from $1 million to $10 million over the life of the investment. Invests solely in Midwest-based businesses. Contact: Dan Einhorn. Telephone: (414) 4534488.

Generation Growth Capital Inc.: 411 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. GGC invests in Midwest-based manufacturing, service and distribution companies, but will opportunistically consider other industries. It focuses on differentiated businesses with revenues of $5 million to $50 million and earnings of $1 million to $5 million. Provides value-added business advisory resources, including operating partners with deep domain expertise, and is committed to investing in companies that positively impact distressed communities and families. Contact: Cory Nettles. Telephone: (414) 291-8908.

LARGE LENDING INSTITUTIONS Milwaukee-Area Lenders with at Least $1.1 Billion in Local Deposits/MMAC Members in Bold COMPANY




Associated Bank NA


$15.0 billion

Bank Mutual

Savings Bank

$1.9 billion

BMO Harris Bank


$19.4 billion

Educatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Credit Union

Credit Union

$1.5 billion

Johnson Bank


$3.3 billion

JP Morgan Chase


$10.2 billion

Landmark Credit Union

Credit Union

$2.9 billion

North Shore Bank

Savings Bank

$1.6 billion

Old National

Savings Bank

$1.7 billion

PNC Bank


$2.0 billion

330 E. Kilbourn Avenue / Milwaukee

4949 W. Brown Deer Road / Milwaukee

770 N. Water Street / Milwaukee

1400 N. Newman Road / Mount Pleasant

Baird Capital: 777 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Baird Capital invests in strategically targeted subsectors across the Industrial Solutions, Technology and Services, and Healthcare sectors. They make private equity, growth equity and venture capital investments in lower middle-market companies. Having invested in more than 300 companies over its history, Baird Capital partners with entrepreneurs and leverages its executive networks in order to build exceptional companies. Their 55 active portfolio companies have combined revenues of $2.5 billion and more than 19,000 employees. Contacts: Mike Bernstein (312) 609-4671; Andrew Brickman (312) 609-4702; Mike Liang (312) 609-5499; Benedict Rocchio (312) 6094706; Jim Pavlik (312) 609-4701; Nicole Walker (312) 609-5394.

333 E. Wisconsin Avenue / Milwaukee

Town Bank


$1.6 billion

Baker Tilly Capital, LLC: 10 Terrace Ct., Madison and 777 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Baker Tilly Capital is a boutique investment bank specializing in merger and acquisitions, capital sourcing, project finance and corporate finance advisory services. The Baker Tilly Capital team is led by investment bankers and corporate finance specialists who have meaningful experience advising clients in evaluating

Tri-City National Bank


$1.3 billion

U.S. Bank NA


$35.4 billion

Wells Fargo


$4.8 billion

111 E. Wisconsin Avenue / Milwaukee

5445 S. Westridge Drive / New Berlin

15700 W. Bluemound Road / Brookfield

25 W. Main Street / Madison

411 E. Wisconsin Avenue / Milwaukee 850 W. North Shore Drive / Hartland

6400 S. 27th Street / Milwaukee

777 E. Wisconsin Avenue / Milwaukee

100 E. Wisconsin Avenue / Milwaukee 73

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■ Business Resources: FINANCING GROWTH

Lubar & Co.: 833 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee. Milwaukee-based private investment firm with a 50-year history of acquiring and building businesses in partnership with management to increase revenues and operating earnings over the long term. Average investment: $8 million to $20 million. Contacts: David Bauer and Vince Shiely. Telephone: (414) 291-9000. Mason Wells, Inc.: 411 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. A $615 million private equity fund focusing on Midwest-based businesses that meet these criteria: buyout and recapitalization transactions, profitable companies with revenues of $25 million to $300 million, and solid management team in established market. Industry sectors: engineered products and services, packaging materials and converting, consumer and packaged goods, and outsourced business services. Contact: Greg Myers. Telephone: (414) 727-6400. Milwaukee 7 Venture Fund: 756 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee. Provides capital to companies as loans, equity, or loan-to-equity with grant support for financing assistance, market analysis and other support services. The fund helps companies achieve measurable business

development milestones, including feasability assessments, product development and market validation with priority consideration for advanced manufacturing and technology firms. Contact: Pat O’Brien. Telephone: (414) 7884112. mke.7com Venture Investors, LLC: 505 S. Rosa Rd., Suite 201, Madison. Manager of five venture capital funds. Funding source: foundations, endowments, corporate, institutional and private investors. Invests in seed/early-stage start-ups in healthcare. Investments range from $250,000 to $10 million. Emphasis on Wisconsin and Midwest businesses, with particular emphasis on university start-ups. No restaurants or real estate. Contacts: John Neis, Scott Button or David Arnstein. Telephone: (608) 441-2700.


The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is the state’s lead economic development agency with more than 600 regional and local partners.

Financial Assistance Online FEDERAL U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

STATE Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)

KENOSHA COUNTY Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA)

MILWAUKEE COUNTY Milwaukee Department of City Development Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) Wauwatosa Economic Development Division West Allis Department of Development

OZAUKEE COUNTY Ozaukee County Economic Development

RACINE COUNTY Racine County Economic Development

WALWORTH COUNTY Walworth Economic Development Alliance

WASHINGTON COUNTY Washington County Economic Development Hartford Area Development Corporation

WAUKESHA COUNTY Waukesha County Center for Growth

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WEDC’s economic and community development division invests in companies that retain or create familysupporting jobs.

Economic Development Directors

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s economic development directors assist business expansions, promote business retention, facilitate exports and help local development organizations in their respective territories. They also mobilize technical and financial resources to help struggling businesses. To identify the regional account manager for a specific region of the state, go to:

Business Opportunity LOAN Fund

WEDC provides loans or loan guarantees through the Business Opportunity Loan Fund. The program provides flexible terms based on the economic benefit of the business to the local community, the number and quality of full-time jobs to be retained or created, financial viability and other factors. A business must create new full-time positions and/or retain its existing full-time employment base in Wisconsin to qualify. Loan requests under $200,000 are referred to appropriate local or regional revolving loan funds (see page 75). Loan funds can be used for: working capital, equipment, training, construction and improvements, land acquisition, private infrastructure improvements and asset acquisition.


Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) programs play an important role in Wisconsin’s economy by stimulating economic development activity and maximizing community impact around the state. WHEDA programs are made up of flexible commercial loan guarantees geared toward both rural and urban small businesses for the purpose of creating and/or retaining existing jobs. Telephone: (800) 334-6873. WHEDA Small Business Guarantee (SBG): Designed to help reduce financial risk and exposure to Wisconsin small business lenders and ensure that quality small businesses have access to funding. Small business owners eligible for WHEDA loan guarantees are able to purchase or improve land and buildings,

WHEDA’s The Neighborhood Business Revitalization Guarantee (NBRG): Assists developers who are developing or rehabilitating commercial real estate, including mixed-use properties. WHEDA’s Agribusiness Guarantee (AgBG): Assists small businesses that develop new products or expand the production of existing products using Wisconsin’s raw commodities. WHEDA’s Contractor’s Loan Guarantee Program (CLG): Provides new loans or lines of credit to a business entering into a government or other business-related contract.

MILWAUKEE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION The Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) provides gap financing to Milwaukee-area businesses working in partnership with a bank. Incorporated in 1971, it has helped more than 2,000 businesses start or expand. MEDC lends its funds at a higher risk level to increase the feasibility of a project. Telephone: (414) 269-1440.

MEDC Loan Programs

Capital Access Program (CAP): The Capital Access Program is a flexible way for banks to lend funds considered too risky for conventional banking. The bank exercises its own credit judgment and has sole responsibility for deciding to make the loan and how to structure the financing. Participating lenders, along with their borrowers and MEDC, set aside funds to offset any losses in the program. Businesses throughout the seven-county Milwaukee 7 area are eligible.

Milwaukee 7 Capital Catalyst Program: The M7 Capital Catalyst Program provides flexible financing in collaboration with accredited investors in a non-dilutive manner. The funding is intended to increase the ability of emerging companies to access capital in order to increase liquidity as well as their ability to reach cashflow breakeven and beyond. Second Mortgage Program: Provides gap financing to businesses located in the city of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County. Eligible uses include building construction and renovation, real estate and equipment purchases. MEDC can finance 25 percent to 40 percent of the total project cost. A minimum 50 percent of the project must be financed by a private lender with a minimum 10 percent equity injection from the borrower.


In addition to the state and federal programs listed previously, each of the

counties in the metropolitan area and several of the larger municipalities have their own economic development programs. County and municipal economic development funding tools are often used in conjunction with federal and state programs or bank loan programs to finance acquisitions or expansions. Following are major economic development agencies listed by county.

Milwaukee County

Milwaukee Department of City Development: Provides financial and technical assistance to businesses seeking to expand or relocate to or within the city of Milwaukee. DCD is the primary agency responsible for the redevelopment of the Menomonee Valley Industrial Center and Century City. Targeted commercial development funds and other tools are available. Telephone: (414) 286-5800. Fax: (414) 286-5467. Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. (MEDC): Offers a variety of financing programs (see listing at left). Telephone: (414) 269-1440. West Allis Department of Development: Provides technical and financial assistance to new and existing businesses. Manages a loan fund that can be used for fixed-asset, gap financing for up to $150,000 or one-third of the total project cost. The Micro-Enterprise Development Program provides special financing and technical training for start-up and expanding small businesses. West Allis manages more than $200 million in new market tax credits through the First-Ring Industrial Redevelopment Enterprise (FIRE). Telephone: (414) 302-8468. &

Waukesha County

Menomonee Falls: Low-interest loans for fixedasset purchases, building and site renovations, and working capital. Special economic assistance loans and grants for redevelopment, renovations, exterior improvements and working capital for businesses locating in the historic downtown Village Center. Provides access to industrial revenue bonds and assistance with state and federal programs. Telephone: (262) 532-4277. Waukesha County Center for Growth: Assists existing and prospective businesses with site and building searches, accessing funding, navigating local and county permitting, identifying needed labor force and no-cost business consulting. Companies are eligible for low-interest loans ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. The loan program partners with lenders to help fund projects that add capacity and jobs. Telephone: (262) 409-2643.

Washington County

Hartford Area Development Corporation: Markets the 681-acre Dodge Industrial Park and

helps companies with funding and resourcing assistance. HADC offers interest-free financing for land purchases in Hartford industrial parks and arranges access to city and county revolving fund loans, SBA loans, state economic development funding, conventional local financing and community-sponsored industrial revenue bonds. Telephone: (262) 673-7009. Economic Development Washington County (EDWC): An independent economic development organization focused on existing business development consulting, driverindustry business attraction and start-up enterprise support. Telephone: (262) 335-5769.

Ozaukee County EDGE Inc.: Promotes economic and business development through the Facade & Sign Improvement Program and Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to spur growth and entrepreneurship in the area. Telephone: (262) 377-1650. Ozaukee Economic Development: Offers programs and services that meet Ozaukee County’s targeted economic development needs, serves as an information clearinghouse on government programs and provides educational seminars. Telephone: (262) 2387730.

Racine County Racine County Economic Development Corp.: A countywide economic development corporation established in 1983 to support and enhance new business development and increase job opportunities in Racine County. Resources include low-interest loans, workforce training grants, state income tax credits and municipal incentives. Telephone: (262) 898-7444.

Walworth County

Walworth County Economic Development Alliance (WCEDA): A public/private partnership that fosters business investment by matching business resources with existing companies or businesses looking to locate in the county. WCEDA promotes workforce development, assists with access to capital, and provides resources for business development. WCEDA is a central point of contact for economic development matters in the county and has strong relationships with local, state, and regional agencies. Telephone: (262) 741-8527.

Kenosha County

Kenosha Area Business Alliance: Provides a range of economic development and business services, manages a portfolio of economic development low-interest revolving loan funds for new and existing businesses, and serves as a clearinghouse for site selection and economic information. Telephone: (262) 605-1100. 75

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including mixed-use properties; purchase inventory or machinery; and/or have access to permanent or revolving working capital.



f the more than 50,000 establishments doing business throughout the seven-county region, 97 percent have fewer than 100 employees. The people who run these small businesses are often looking for advice and revenuegenerating opportunities. MMAC offers a variety of small business services through its Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) and honors the area’s fastest-growing companies with the annual Future 50 awards. MMAC also provides a valuable legislative voice for small businesses, which seldom have the time or resources to advocate on their own behalf.


Led by a representative group of CEOs from companies with one to 300 employees, COSBE focuses on the specific issues facing smaller companies. Its executive roundtable programs provide confidential peer advisory boards for its members to share best practices and resolve their business challenges. COSBE sponsors nearly four dozen roundtables with more than 400 participating CEOs, CFOs, senior executives and sales management executives, making them MMAC’s most popular small business resource. In addition, COSBE and MMAC offer educational forums, special events and networking opportunities to help businesses help each other, including a group specifically designed for fast-growing businesses – the CEOs of Growing Businesses (CGB) – which brings together individuals who share the challenges of building a fast-growing business. Telephone: (414) 287-4124.


An MMAC affiliate, The Business Council fosters economic access to facilitate the growth of ethnically diverse firms. The Business Connection Program encourages corporations to source products and services from ethnically-diverse businesses.

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BMO Harris Commercial Bank Bringing the right experts and resources to the table, BMO Harris Commercial Bank uncovers opportunities tailored to your goals. Our team is consultative and collaborative, working with you to make connections that not only build value, they drive results. Banking products and services subject to bank and credit approval. BMO Harris Commercial Bank is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC

■ Thriving Economy: CENTER OF COMMERCE

MMAC’s Future 50 Program, presented annually by the Council of Small Business Executives, recognizes privately owned companies that have shown significant revenue and employment growth. The companies are listed by the number of years they have won the award (three-year maximum), with a brief company description, its location and the year it was founded (in parentheses).


Chauffeured transportation firm Milwaukee (2008)

All Occasions Catering/Bubbs BBQ Caterer Big Bend (1989)


Electrical & carpentry services Butler (2010)

Boelter Companies

Commercial food facility & restaurant supplies Waukesha (1929)

Breckenridge Landscape Design Landscape design construction & maintenance New Berlin (2009)

Brilliance Business Solutions

E-commerce for manufacturers & distributors Milwaukee (1998)

Capital Heating and Cooling

Residential & commercial HVAC Menomonee Falls (2007)

Central Standard Craft Distillery Distiller of craft liquors Milwaukee (2013)

Crescendo Collective

Enterprise-grade content management system (CMS) Milwaukee (2014)

Design Fugitives Architectural sculptures Milwaukee (2009)

Dynamic Solutions Worldwide

Manufacturer of the DynaTrap3® Insect Trap Milwaukee (2010)


Manufacturer of conventional conveyor equipment Milwaukee (2005)

Industrial Automation Solutions Integrator robotics & automation technology New Berlin (1998)

Innovative Dynamic Networks

IT infrastructure & network consulting Racine (2004)

Lange Bros. Woodwork Co., Inc. Custom cabinet, millwork & moldings Milwaukee (1932)

Lemberg Electric Company, Inc.


Multifamily housing investment, brokerage & management Brookfield (1977)


Rocket Clicks

Swarming Technology

Paid & organic search marketing & management Menomonee Falls (2008)

B2B and B2C e-commerce implementation & support Milwaukee (2011)

Savage Solutions LLC


Contract machining, cleanroom assembly & packaging Menomonee Falls (1965)

Brand, digital & content company Milwaukee (2005)

Symbiont Holding Company, Inc. Engineering & construction services West Allis (1981)


Insurance technology solutions Milwaukee (2013)

Wenthe-Davidson Engineering Co.

Weather Tight Corporation

Home exterior products (windows, siding, etc.) West Allis (1986)

Z.T. Distribution, Inc.

Direct store distributor to retail grocery chains Milwaukee (1919)


Learning & housing services for international students Wauwatosa (2012)

International publishing company Brookfield (2007)

Bliffert Lumber & Hardware

SECOND YEAR WINNERS Able Access Transportation LLC Non-emergency transportation Milwaukee (2001)

Capri Senior Communities

Operator of senior lifestyle communities Waukesha (1991)

Coates Electric

Electric company serving commercial, industrial & residential Merton (2009)

CTS-Connected Technology Solutions Interactive kiosks, signage & environments Menomonee Falls (2010)


Online management of equipment Brookfield (2008)

General Plastics, Inc.

Heavy-gauge plastic thermoformer Milwaukee (1987)

Gustave A. Larson Company

JCP Construction LLC

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Risk management, business insurance & employee benefits Hartland (1978)

Wisconsin International Academy

Milwaukee Bucks

Commercial construction Menomonee Falls (2007)

Handcrafted furniture, decor & mirrors Milwaukee (2008)

Metal fabricator of custom tubular products New Berlin (1941)

Wholesale distributor of HVAC & refrigeration equipment Pewaukee (1936)

Moore Construction Services LLC

Talent acquisition for manufacturing & technology Milwaukee (2012)

Reich Tool & Design, Inc.

Electrical service & construction Brookfield (1928) Wisconsin’s NBA team Milwaukee (1968)

KeyStone Staffing Group LLC

Commercial contractor Milwaukee (2008)

Kesslers Diamonds

Jeweler specializing in diamonds Germantown (1980)

Full-service builder Milwaukee (1904)

Church Metal Spinning Company Contract manufacturer of metal-fabricated parts & assemblies Milwaukee (1944)


Health & wellness company Milwaukee (1985)

Pattyn North America, Inc.

Automated handling, filling & packaging for bulk products Hartland (2010)

Roofed Right America Roofing contractor Milwaukee (2006)

RSP, Inc.

Global contract manufacturer Milwaukee (1964)

Valentine Coffee Co.

Locally roasted specialty coffee Milwaukee (2009)

ZMac Transportation Solutions LLC Movers of oversized freight for manufacturers Racine (2010)


Technical assistance services available to small and medium-sized businesses include: Regional Economic Development Managers: Assist businesses with expansions, promote business retention and help local development organizations. BizStarts Milwaukee: Offers coaching and connections to mentor resources for new and existing companies. CEOs of Growing Businesses (CGB): Brings together entrepreneurs who operate businesses with consistent growth and annual revenues in excess of $3 million. CGB provides monthly roundtables, educational forums and networking opportunities. Consortium for Economic Opportunity: Connects non-profit organizations and small businesses to achieve economic growth in Milwaukee’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Includes UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education, Small Business Development Center and UWM Center for Economic Development. Telephone: (414) 2295881. Corporate Partner Network: Milwaukee School of Engineering program that offers reduced tuition rate for the school’s MBA and graduate nursing programs; a discounted rate for graduate and professional education (GPE) course offerings; corporate site training opportunities; corporate consultations on managerial and organizational improvement, business systems, processes and tools; and global competency. Telephone: (414) 277-2710.

corporate governance, funding/financing, business contracts, employment, business licenses and permits, trademark, copyright and other basic intellectual property matters, and commercial leases. Milwaukee Development Center: A division of the city’s Department of Neighborhood Services, provides single point of contact for developers, contractors, businesses and builders undertaking development projects in the city. SCORE: Free business counseling, mentoring, inexpensive seminars and workshops for new, existing and expanding businesses. U.S. Small Business Administration: Offers loan programs and technical assistance to businesses. Waukesha County Technical College Small Business Services: Free one-on-one counseling, networking, classes, technical assistance and referrals for financial assistance. Wisconsin Innovation Service Center: Helps entrepreneurs research product feasibility, competitive intelligence, licensing/strategic partnering and distributor assessments. Wisconsin Job Center Network: A single point of contact for employment needs, including statewide job postings. Other services include job fairs and special recruitments. Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP): Provides consulting services to manufacturing companies to help them become more profitable and valuable using an integrated suite of assessments and services that help customers grow, reduce costs, increase capacity, achieve certification and compliance, improve quality and maximize their human capital investment. Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) Financing and Business Seminars: Links seasoned business owners and corporate professionals directly with entrepreneurs. Telephone: (414) 263-5450.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Customized Professional Development Solutions: Maximize your company’s investment by finding the customized program that best meets the professional development needs of your employees. Customized Professional Development Solutions assists with the design, development and delivery of a customized training program. Questions and requests for a no-obligation meeting can be directed to (414) 227-3264. Kenosha Area Business Alliance: Offers leadership development, supervisory, forklift training, and first aid and CPR courses. Professional roundtable discussions for CEOs, human resource professionals and manufacturers are also offered throughout the year. Telephone: (262) 605-1100. Small Business Development Centers: A partnership with the Small Business Administration, these small-class workshops cover a variety of business topics including marketing, managing cash flow, digital marketing, business plans, financials, obtaining a business loan and a readiness assessment for starting a business and for people already in business or thinking about starting one. Small Business Workshops: Held in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration, these small-class workshops cover a variety of business topics, including marketing, managing cash flow, digital marketing, business plans, financials, business loans, and readiness assessments. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Continuing Education: Training programs designed to improve business performance with customized solutions that meet specific organization and employee development goals. Programs can be delivered onsite. Telephone: (414) 227-3243.


The state of Wisconsin’s Workforce Development Centers offer employers comprehensive services for training and finding employees. They can also provide a variety of skills assessments, customized on-site training to address specific job requirements and outplacement services.

Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship: Marquette University’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, part of the Office of Research and Innovation, supports new venture creation by Marquette students, faculty, alumni and friends; provides outreach to the central city business community; and research on entrepreneurship. The Kohler Center is located in the new 707 Hub.

The following training and educational resources are available to the region’s start-ups and small businesses.


Marquette Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic: Offers free legal services to start-up businesses and entrepreneurs, with a focus on clients who cannot afford qualified legal counsel. The LEC is staffed by Marquette law students, who receive hands-on training in business law under the supervision of a licensed attorney. The LEC provides legal services to its clients in many key areas, with a focus on the following matters: business entity selection and formation,

Center for Supply Chain Management: Conducted by best-in-class faculty from Marquette University’s College of Business Administration and beyond. Corporate and executive education delivers highly informative and interactive learning experiences through custom-designed programs. The center has worked with groups at Johnson Controls, Direct Supply and Rockwell Automation. Telephone: (414) 288-3995.

U.S. Small Business Administration: Helps small companies understand the federal government’s contracting services and become prime contractors for federal agencies. Telephone: (414) 297-3941.


The following resource assists small and medium-size businesses with finding and securing government purchasing opportunities. 79

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The Business Council also offers members the opportunity to share information on issues that affect small businesses and the minority community; a voice on public policy issues; access to experienced professional advisors; and networking opportunities with larger businesses. Telephone: (414) 287-4172.

The MMAC advocates for effective tax policies, fiscal discipline, reliable energy and a responsive infrastructure to support the risk-takers who drive growth.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS MMAC LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS TAXES Repealed the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), which will save taxpayers $7 million annually starting in 2019

Exempted business machinery, tools and patterns from the personal property tax, saving business owners $74 million annually

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ● Provided a $10 million funding increase for the Jobs Tax Credit Program ●

Retained the $17 million Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Restored the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s authority to originate business loans

Repealed Wisconsin’s prevailing wage mandates

Provided funding for two additional locomotives on the Amtrak Hiawatha line

EDUCATION ● Increased K-12 funding by more than $800 million, the largest education funding increase in state history

Political ACTION

Increased per-pupil funding for Choice and Charter schools


Update members on developments surrounding taxes, education, infrastructure and economic development.


MMAC offers several publications on the political process and its impact on business. In addition to its quarterly Commerce publication, MMAC publishes a Legislative Agenda, Legislative Scorecard and Directory of Government Officials.

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The MAC-PAC is a political action committee that pools members’ financial contributions for political donations to state and local candidates, committees and political parties.


MMAC offers opportunities for members to meet and talk with local, state and federal elected officials through its Madison Night in Milwaukee and its Milwaukee Night in Washington, D.C.



U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin


U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan

Speaker of the House (District 1 - Republican)

U.S. Rep. Gwendolynne Moore

(District 4 - Democrat)

U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner

(District 5 - Republican)

STATE Governor

Scott Walker (Republican)

Lt. Governor

Rebecca Kleefisch (Republican)

Attorney General

Brad Schimel (Republican)


Tom Barrett


The MMAC Conduit serves as a political donation “checking account” for individual members. Members’ contributions are delivered as a check, recorded as an individual contribution, but also acknowledged as part of MMAC’s effort to support economic vitality and job growth in metropolitan Milwaukee.

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